Spirulina has been harvested and consumed worldwide for its nutritional benefits. It is extremely high in protein, iron, calcium, amino acids, B-complex vitamins, and antioxidants.
With both internal and external benefits, spirulina helps eliminate toxins from the skin, increases skin metabolism to hasten skin-cell turnover, and boosts healing. Known as a natural remedy for acne-prone skin, it helps prevent the growth of candida bacteria that can lead to breakouts.
While this superfood is beautiful in appearance and so rich in goodness for your body, it tastes like pond scum when mixed directly with water. I concocted a recipe that balances the taste and smell of spirulina with fresh lemon, ginger, and sea salt for a refreshing lemonade-like drink I call a Mer-Made. This oceanic-inspired energy-and-health drink is the perfect remedy for dehydration and is full of beneficial nutrients. I like to make a batch and sip it throughout the day. If sour isn’t your jam, add a little bit of maple syrup or agave nectar to taste.
YIELD: 32 OUNCES
4 cups filtered or distilled water
Juice of 1 lemon
1 thumb-size knob fresh ginger
1⁄4 teaspoon spirulina
1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt, or Himalayan pink salt
Optional: maple syrup or agave nectar to taste
32-ounce bottle with lid
Put all ingredients in blender; process on low speed for 10 seconds. Best when fresh, but can be stored in refrigerator in lidded bottle for 2 days.
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