Today many foods are labelled superfoods, but if there is anything that deserves that title, it is spirulina. Spirulina is an extremely nutrient dense blue-green algae.
Just a quick look at the nutrients in spirulina shows us that it is full of calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and B vitamins. Spirulina is packed full of antioxidants due to its phycocyanin content (what gives it that vibrant blue-green colour!), to protect us against oxidative stress.
Found to be an incredibly high protein source, this food was utilised in ancient African and Aztec civilisations as a staple source of protein. Spirulina contains all essential amino acids, providing you with 16 grams of complete protein per ounce of dried powder. This delivers you over a third of the protein you require daily, but without the cholesterol and saturated fat that accompanies other protein sources such as red meat!
Spirulina is most easily incorporated into the diet by adding the powder to smoothies, but it can also be used in desserts too, providing a powerful punch of nutrition as well as a stunning colour.
Spirulina and Goji cake recipe
1 cup almonds
1 cup dates
1TBS coconut oil melted
2 cups cashews
190g coconut milk
1/2 cup xylitol or other sweetener of choice
1 TBS spirulina
1 TBS mesquite
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
1 cup melted coconut oil
1 TBS Goji berries
1 TBS cacao nibs
1 frozen berries of choice
1. Place almonds dates and coconut oil into food processor and blend until sticky mixture is formed that holds together well
2. Press base into a 21cm round cake tin (or square)
3. Add all cheesecake ingredients apart from coconut oil into a blender and blend on high until smooth
4. Add coconut oil and blend until combined
5. Mix in the extras by hand then pour onto of base
6. Put in the freezer to set
7. Decoarte with more gojis, cacao nibs, melted chocolate or anything else you have in the pantry