The microalgae Spirulina is tiny, blue-green and comes from the sea. You'll find it mainly in alkaline salt lakes and very salty waters, but it doesn't shy away from fresh water either. A high nutrient content and its occurrence in warm, tropical regions, make it a full alternative for isolated vitamins and minerals. The alga consists of about 60% protein and contains a high amount of vitamin E, iron and trace elements. It is particularly common in Central America, Southeast Asia, Australia and Africa.
Algae have long been part of the diet in other latitudes, hard to believe, where in our country they are still one of the new and unknown foods. Every year about 3000 tons of raw mass are processed and sold here as food supplements. You can find them after processing e.g. as an ingredient in pasta, fruit bars, drink powder or even fish food. Because Spirulina is uncomplicated and rather undemanding, it was named "Best Food of the Future" by the WHO in 1974. It offers a chance to counteract world hunger and cultivation should continue to be promoted and intensified. Another advantage is its good ecological balance. Spirulina, as a chlorophyll-containing green algae, performs photosynthesis under direct sunlight, converting carbon dioxide into oxygen. Since it grows in great numbers in the oceans as an "algae carpet," that's a whole lot of oxygen. After harvesting, the algae are dried and ground into powder, which you can use directly for your green smoothie, for example. We do not recommend pure consumption because of the strong algae-like taste.
Besides spirulina, there is also the freshwater algae chlorella, which is also very rich in vitamins and is steadily increasing its popularity. You can also use it as a dietary supplement or maybe it is even an ingredient of your daily used cosmetics.
About Spirulina blue
For the tasteless Spirulina powder blue, the color is gently extracted from the original algae Spirulina. The strong color intensity makes it easy for you to color your food naturally blue! Only with acidic foods the color does not work optimally. You should also be careful not to heat your artwork above 70 degrees, because then the color loses its glow.
Magic-Food recipe ideas
As an example, we have collected a few "magic food" ideas for you to stimulate your creativity a bit and to give you some cool inspirations along the way!
Keep in mind that especially light base products or liquids are suitable for coloring, so that the color is accepted as optimally as possible.
Blue Angel Ice Cream
Depending on how you prefer it, you can take ready-made vanilla ice cream and stir 1 tsp of Spirulina powder blue into it. You can also make your own ice cream by mixing 3 frozen bananas (best broken into pieces before freezing), 2 tablespoons of yogurt and 1 teaspoon of Spirulina powder blue until you get a creamy ice cream mixture. You can then decorate this as desired, for example, with blueberries, coconut chips and chia seeds.
Mermaid Smoothie Bowl
You need 3 bananas, ½ avocado, 60 ml of the milk of your choice (vanilla is great!), 1 tsp protein powder vanilla (you can also omit, just as you like) and ½ tsp spirulina powder blue. Then everything again off in the blender, puree and then decorate as desired.
Blue Lagoon Shake
You puree (e.g. with our Sir Mix-A-Lot or a blender) 1 banana, 180 ml Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp. coconut flakes, 1 tsp. spirulina blue, 1 tbsp. chia seeds, 1 tbsp. fresh blueberries and a shot of milk of your choice until you get a liquid-creamy consistency. Serve the shake in a tall glass and garnish as you like!
Heat 120 ml of coconut milk with a 2cm piece of ginger in a pot. Then stir in 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp agave syrup and add ½ tsp spirulina puler blue a little at a time. If you are a big fan of sweetness, we recommend you to reduce the amount of ginger and lemon a little bit and to increase the amount of agave syrup.