As an athlete, I’m always on the prowl for superfoods that not only pack a powerful nutrition punch, but also complement intense workouts, recovery and active lifestyles.
Athletes, meet spirulina! Sea veggies have been on my nutritional radar for a while. However, for sporty lifestyles, I’ve found spirulina to be the queen of sea veggies. This unique algae has become a staple component of my fitness regimen and my athletic body is psyched!
Algae can increase speed, energy, endurance and mental ability in athletes. If that isn’t enough to catch your attention, then you should also know that it absorbs toxins more efficiently than most food, and contains nine essential amino acids (complete protein!) in a balanced and easily digested form. In fact, algae offers the body three times more complete protein than any other plant proteins.
Additionally, spirulina is an excellent source of enzymes, probiotics
, healthy fats and iron. Why is this useful for athletes? These promote muscle repair, reduced inflammation, healthy digestion, energy and cleansing!
Regardless of your sport or activity, if you’re looking for a superfood that offers not only a variety of healthy benefits, but also supports athletes with endurance, strength and recovery, then I highly recommend adding a dash of spirulina to your daily life (a little bit goes a long way).
But how do you eat spirulina?
Athletes are generally busy people with little time for fuss in the kitchen. So here are my favorite quick, simple and tasty ways to integrate spirulina into daily life:
1. Add a quality spirulina powder to your green smoothies.
2. Look for whole food based energy snacks that list spirulina as a top ingredient (there are lots of great natural energy bars, cookies and crackers with spirulina in them).
3. Take a quality spirulina supplement.
4. Enjoy as "on the go" fuel for endurance sports and active days. Make your own energy and electrolyte replacement gel using this simple recipe:
Spirulina Chia Seed Energy Gel Recipe (vegan, gluten-free)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tsp spirulina
- 1/4 cup water
- Juice of half an orange (or juice of 2 limes)
- 1-2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses (to satisfy your sweet tooth)
- Dash of sea salt
1. Place chia seeds in a bowl. Cover with water. Let sit for up to 15 minutes, then stir.
2. Add molasses, sea salt, orange juice and spirulina. Mix thoroughly.
3. Pour gel mixture into snack-size plastic baggies.
4. Freeze until the night before use. Place in fridge to thaw.
Hopefully this has given you some ideas on ways to add more spirulina to your athletic lifestyle! As the “jungle girl,” I’m a sucker for anything green, and spirulina is one of my favorites!
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