Spirulina is a nutrition packed blue-green algae that became acclaimed after it was used by NASA as a dietary supplement for astronauts. It has the ability to regulate immune functions and has antiallergic properties by inhibiting the release of histamine by mast cells. There have been multiple randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews suggesting that this algae may also have anticancer, antiviral, antiallergic and anti-inflammatory effects.
Spirulina is a mineral powerhouse containing iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and sodium. It also contains vitamins such as vitamins C, B-1, B-2, B-3, B-6, A, E, and K. Adding this type of algae food is a great way to add more nourishment into your daily routine.
I love, love, LOVE this recipe. It puts a little pep in my step, keeps my hydrated and nourished, and makes me feel like I’m drinking a fancy drink. I like to build in little bits of self care to my day, and this is one of my favorites. I also use spirulina in smoothies to add a pop of vitamins and minerals. I hope you like it!
- 3 cups filtered water (room temperature)
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon spirulina powder
- 3-5 drops liquid stevia extract (depends how sweet you want it…can always add more or less)
- Handful of ice cubes
- Pour the water into a mason (or shaker cup) and add in all ingredients (except ice). Put the lid on and shake. Add in a handful of optional ice cubes. Stir/shake from time to time as the spirulina may settle at the bottom.
TIP: Make sure your water is room temperature or a little warm, to avoid the spirulina from clumping up.