I am so crazy about spirulina. The lady at my local health food store told me it gives you a healthy glow. I was hopeful, but not sure. Luckily, she was so, so right. Not only do you feel great, but your skin will look so amazing. I've also noticed clearer eyes, which I wasn't expecting. I guess it's not too foreign since it's something that always happens when I drink green juice on a regular basis, but spirulina is so, so much easier. It comes in tablets, but I really like drinking it.
Also, I read once a long time ago, it seems obvious, but digestion starts in the mouth. So, if these pills don't open up until they hit your stomach, your body has to rewind and figure out what's going on. That's my super scientific explanation. Plus, the spirulina is a super antioxidant powerhouse. So, the more cells in your body they're exposed to the more free radicals they can get ahold of and the healthier you'll be. Again, I'm obviously not an expert, just making some inferences.
I've also read continuously that spirulina is the most nutrient dense food in the world. If you're still not sold, it has the antioxidant content of 3-4 servings of veggies in one teaspoon. It's super high content of beta-carotine makes it awesome for keeping eyes healthy. That might also be why I notice clearer eyes when I wake up in the morning.
If that's not enough, it also can reduce brain damage after a stroke.
"In a study published by the "Journal of Experimental Neurology," spirulina was shown to reduce brain damage and aid in the recovery of neurons after a stroke in rats. A spirulina dose of 180 milligrams per kilogram of weight reduced neurologic deficits and histological changes in the rats tested." - Megan Ware, Health Benefits of Spirulina LiveStrong.com
The taste is an issue for some. As for me, I kind of like the taste, which I'm told is far from the norm. It sorta tastes like seaweed to me.
Coconut oil! What can I say about coconut oil that hasn't been said. People use it for pretty much everything, beauty, health, shinier hair, whiter teeth, shaving cream and the list goes on and on. What really sold me on drinking it in tea is, Miranda Kerr, you know world famous supermodel with her own organic skin care line—which is admittedly a little bit shallow, but I figured it was worth a try. If it makes you feel better, it's not only a beautifying agent, but it also assists with weight loss, cardiovascular health, and fights off inflammation.
Here's what you'll need:
- 8 oz of brewed green tea - I used this one. It's by far my favorite.
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon of spirulina - I used this one, because It's grown in California. Home state pride. Also, they have reputable harvesting techniques, nothing added, nothing sketchy, just what you're paying for.
- 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey (optional)
- Brew your tea! So, if you don't have a green tea brewing routine, I'll share mine with you. What I do is boil a kettle of water. Turn the kettle off and let it sit for 2-3 minutes so the water isn't boiling when you poor it over the tea leaves. Once the water has slightly cooled, pour that water directly through the tea bag. I kind of hold my tea bag against the side of the cup and let the water hot water run straight through it. Then I cover it with a small plate and let it steep for 3-4 minutes. This method works for me every time, with no bitter tastes and it really doesn't feel like that much effort once you get used to it.
- Once your tea is brewed add in your coconut oil. If your oil is solid, don't worry it will melt in a matter of seconds.
- Then add in your spiruilina and honey if you're using it.
- With a spoon or a whisk mix vigorously. Some of the oil will inevitably rise to the top.
Ok, so like I said before I like the taste of spirulina, but as you know green tea has a strong flavor. Strong, but compatible with spirulina. Don't be scared off by the super dark green pigment, this drink will make you feel great with only a few ingredients and no juicer. More importantly, no juicer to clean.