I bought a bottle of spirulina powder (20 euro!) after reading a lot of good things about spirulina on the Internet. Spirulina is a blue-green alga that is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals. Taking 5 grams (a teaspoon) of this superfood per day is said to boost one’s energy levels.
The energy boost
I do feel more alert the following 4 hours after having taken spirulina. It’s a bit like drinking coffee, but it’s a more subtle boost than the caffein boost.
The problem though with spirulina powder is its seaweed / mushroomy taste. I find it difficult to drink spirulina in a glass of water without gagging. I have to force myself to chug it until it’s gone.
What to do with spirulina
I read a very interesting post about cookie balls with spirulina. I gave it a try, modifying a bit the ingredients but not the concept (processing some nuts, some dried fruits, some cocoa and spirulina together).
Combine raisins, hazelnuts, cocoa powder, spirulina, vanilla in food processor.
These no bake spirulina cookie balls were actually okay. Cocoa hides a bit the spirulina flavor although you still taste spirulina because it’s just very strong and present in everything you mix it with. Eating these cookies is a good way to get used to spirulina.
I also try adding a teaspoon in a protein milkshake. The color was fabulous. But the milkshake tasted like… seaweed. I think the only trick to make this milkshake enjoyable would have been to add a banana and tons of cocoa powder.
I also tried spirulina in a simple cake with 4 eggs, 125 g of almond flour and some agave nectar.
The cake had an interesting color but the seaweed flavor was still too present despite adding only a teaspoon of spirulina for the whole cake.
In conclusion, I think I’ll go for the compressed tablets of spirulina next time, despite the beautiful deep blue green color.
More spirulina recipes on this interesting blog: http://spirulinajunkie.com