By this point in the game, you’ve mastered the art of disguising kale’s taste in your green smoothies. You can ingest one large handful of America’s favorite woody vegetable, while tricking your tastebuds with the pleasing flavors of cinnamon and blueberries. But that yummy blend in your ball jar is still, well, kale green. Puke green to be exact.
Those golden pineapple chunks and rich, red strawberries—once so gorgeous and colorful on the cutting board—immediately lose their vibrance to kale’s harsh, earthy tone. And while our smoothie may taste unbeatably crisp, the aesthetic isn’t quite right.
Here’s where blue green algae comes in.
This nutrient-dense food possesses a color resembling a mermaid’s gorgeous blue-green tail, and packs in its own variety of almost-mystical nutritional facts to boot.
Made up of 70 percent vegetable protein, this ingredient is an unbeatable go-to for whenever you need an extra boost. Plus, it’s packed with more than 65 vitamins, and all eight essential amino acids—the building blocks of protein that help your body form muscle.
You probably know blue green algae best in its most trendy form at the moment—spirulina. Your favorite smoothie joint lists the ingredient among aloe vera and bee pollen under the “boosters” section (yeah, the ones that add $3.50 to your already bank-breaking smoothie bill). However, like most superfoods, spirulina is cheaper on Amazon.
Once you’ve invested in a big tub of spirulina powder, it’s time to start experimenting with blue-green food. Dr. Suess would be proud, and your body will thank you profusely.
Here are five ways to add blue green algae’s glow to your diet:
Chia seed pudding is literally an overnight sensation. Make it just before you go to bed to give the chia seeds ample time to absorb all the nutrients of the other ingredients. Awake the next morning to find a perfect, naturally sweet breakfast waiting patiently for your enjoyment.
Great for the afternoon munchies or a post-workout snack, these cracker-like bars are the ideal make-aheads for an energy-filled week. Spread a generous amount of cashew cream cheese on top for even more deliciousness.
Store-bought salad dressings are so boring, and often not very good for you. Making your own is a good step towards being more conscious of what you’re putting into your body. And luckily, salad dressing is something you can make in one big batch to divvy out among your salads for the week.
If your sweet tooth won’t leave you alone, this smoothie will curb your cravings without maxing out your calorie-count. Even this recipe’s irresistible chocolate syrup is made of only raw ingredients (cocoa powder and maple syrup). Enjoy this creamy beverage with a straw, or risk a blue mustache.
Step away from the Toll House cookie dough. These green treats will give your tastebuds that warm, gooey feeling without shocking your body with artificial sugar. Pull these out for a post-dinner treat, or a pre-run boost. Either way, their almond yumminess is sure to convince you to go for a guilt-free second helping.
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