Im always fuelled by the New Year push to a healthier you and I just LOVE that everyone is really trying to make small changes to their daily lifestyles and when recipes are also delicious it makes for easy changes.

We are firm believers that incorporating healthy foods in your lifestyle is about being constant and not just when you think you need a boost. They work better as maintenance rather than a one off.

Spirulina is among the world’s most popular supplements and is rich in nutrients, some of which aren’t found in the average daily vitamin. It is loaded with various nutrients and antioxidants that may benefit your body and brain

So what is Spirulina?

Spirulina is an organism that grows in both fresh and salt water. It is a type of cyanobacteria, which is a family of single-celled microbes that are often referred to as blue-green algae.

Good for you…?

So according to Healthline this tiny alga is packed with nutrients. A single tablespoon (7 grams) of dried spirulina powder contains (2Trusted Source):

  • Protein: 4 grams
  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 11% of the RDA
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 15% of the RDA
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin): 4% of the RDA
  • Copper: 21% of the RDA
  • Iron: 11% of the RDA
  • It also contains decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese and small amounts of almost every other nutrient that you need.

In addition, the same amount holds only 20 calories and 1.7 grams of digestible carbs.

Gram for gram, spirulina may be the single most nutritious food on the planet.

A tablespoon (7 grams) of spirulina provides a small amount of fat — around 1 gram — including both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in an approximately 1.5–1.0 ratio.

The quality of the protein in spirulina is considered excellent — comparable to eggs. It gives all the essential amino acids that you need.

What are the benefits?

  • Powerful Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties
  • It can lower total cholesterol, “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while raising “good” HDL cholesterol,
  • May reduce blood pressure
  • Improves symptoms of allergic rhinitis – inflammation in your nasal passageways.
  • Spirulina can reduce anaemia in older adults. Improving feelings of weakness and fatigue
  • Improves muscle strength and endurance
  • Helps lower blood sugar

So its pretty safe to safe it’s a great one to add to your daily diet. Often in your smoothies, juices of açai bowls but this is something different that we thought you would appreciate.

SPIRULINA MADELEINES

DIFFICULTY: EASY              PREP TIME: 1HR 20 MIN                  COOKING TIME: 10 MIN

INGREDIENTS:

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Use an electric whisk to beat the eggs, sugar, zest and melted butter until frothy.
  2. In a larger bowl, mix together the baking powder, flour, salt and spirulina powder.
  3. Pour the egg mixture into the flour and use a spatula to mix well the ingredients.
  4. Refrigerate the batter for at least 1 hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  6. Grease your madeleine tray with baking spray.
  7. Spoon 1 tbsp of batter into the center of the well and don’t touch it. It will spread out by itself and keep a more uniform shape that way.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes or until slightly golden around the edges. Allow to cool slightly and remove from the tray and allow to cool.
  9. Once cooled completely, coat the madeleines with melted chocolate and sprinkle some goji berries. Enjoy!

Recipe Created by Faith from Edenairs Follow her here – Edenairs