Can you taste spirulina when you add it to your smoothies?
Can you taste the eggs in a cake, or how about the cacao in a smoothie?
Or what about tomatoes in a salad? Can you taste those?
The answers are probably no, it depends and yes for all of the above.
Whether or not you’re able to taste an ingredient will depend on how strong the flavour of the ingredient is, how much you include of it, and the competing flavours already present.
Spirulina is no exception to this rule.
Why would you want to include spirulina in your smoothies and what does spirulina taste like?
Let’s get into it and get these questions answered for you now.
What does spirulina taste like?
First cab off the rink, what is the taste of spirulina?
It’s similar to seaweed taste, in that it is savory and tastes just a tiny bit like the ocean (if something can taste like “ocean”).
Now, some people are certainly put off by this, others don’t mind, while we here at Super Cubes HQ have no such problems with the taste or chewing on spirulina tablets instead of swallowing them.
What exactly is spirulina?
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae, similar to its close buddy chlorella.
It is grown in both fresh and saltwater locations, often near volcanoes, in places such as Hawaii, Mexico, East Africa and a few other locations.
Spirulina is also one of the few food sources with the blue pigment phycocyanin.
Even blueberries don’t contain the blue pigment, they actually contain the red to purple coloured anthocyanin.
Spirulina has garnered a lot of attention scientifically over the years, being the subject of more than 1500 scientific papers.
It’s no wonder why, as it is sometimes referred to as the single most nutritious food on the planet.
Why would you want spirulina in your smoothie?
Whether or not you’ve heard or tried Spirulina before, it is certainly deserving of superfood status.
Here’s a bit more nutritional information for you on this amazing superfood.
Spirulina protein levels
100 grams of spirulina contains close to 60 grams of protein.
To put this into perspective, eggs have almost 13 grams of protein per 100 grams, porterhouse steak has 24 grams, tofu sits at 8 grams and whey protein isolate can have 90 grams.
The antioxidant properties of spirulina
The aforementioned phycocyanin has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects as you’ll read in the link.
Supporting heart health
Omega 3 and 6 are two of our dietary fats that get a lot of attention for their impact on heart and total body health.
Thankfully, spirulina contains a ratio close to 1.5:1, helping us keep closer to the healthier ratio.
On top of that, spirulina was found to benefit cholesterol levels in humans at just 2 grams per day.
Say Yes to NO
We’re talking about Nitric Oxide (NO) of course!
This important molecule dilates blood vessels, reducing blood pressure and benefiting athletic performance.
Guess which one of our favourite blue-green algaes can help to do just that?
Yes, you guessed right, spirulina.
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Vitamins and minerals in spirulina
Like the other algae and seaweeds, spirulina is chock full of important minerals.
Different growing conditions will impact on the amount of minerals present in spirulina though.
10 grams of spirulina contains over a quarter of your daily copper, about 15% of your iron and almost 10% of your manganese.
On top of this, it also contains magnesium, sodium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, calcium and selenium.
That same 10 grams also contains about 15%, 20%, 6% and 3% of vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B5.
If that’s not enough, spirulina also has B6, folate, A, C, E and K!
Unfortunately, claims of it being an adequate source of B12 for vegans and vegetarians is misleading.
It contains a form of pseudovitamin B12 which doesn’t have the same effects as B12 in the body.
Where to now, time to go shopping for spirulina?
Let’s guess, after reading this, you’re sold on the benefits of spirulina and want to give it a go (Or is that just us?)?
You could go and purchase spirulina powder or tablets that you can use in your smoothies or add to any other meal you have throughout your day.
Or how about starting your spirulina journey easily by using our Super Greens Smoothie cubes in your smoothies?
We promise you won’t be able to taste the spirulina!
If you do decide to start with Super Cubes to get your spirulina fix in your smoothies, you’ll also be getting many other ingredients in your smoothie at the same time.
That’s a good thing right!
You can look at the Super Greens Smoothie cubes on our shop page or just click here, Super Greens Smoothie Cubes with Spirulina for you!