How is everyone’s memorial day weekend going? I’ve been MIA because I’m having a great weekend–a lot of sunscreen
, beach towels, pools, good food, and great drinks. I’m bragging, but I hear that’s good for your self esteem!
Moving on… I’m starting my internship on Tuesday and I’ve had to think about how my meals are going to change when I’m getting up early, going all day, and have to have food fuel to last.
In the morning, I feel strongly that my smoothie should be accompanied by a bar or something to chew in order to feel satisfied with the “most important meal of the day.” So expect to see a couple of bar recipes each month.
Today I’m sharing the ugliest, but perhaps most nutritious
bar I’ve made to date. Made with spirulina and sprouted sunflower seeds, these things are packed with goodness to keep me going. ( To read about sunflower nutrition, how to sprout, and why check out this post
Spirulina is interesting to use as it tastes like what it is: green algae. But it’s so good for you I try to find creative ways to get it into my diet. Usually I throw it into a smoothie, but today I have spirulina bars which are inspired by Go Raw’s Spirulina Energy Bars. Don’t be alarmed by their disgusting color. The banana and dates make them sweet and the sea taste is masked well. There’s a hint of “green” on the tongue but they’re really way more delicious than they look. I really think banana hides the taste of spirulina better than anything. So these are great.
Raw Spirulina Bars: (makes 10)
2 cups sprouted sunflower seeds
1 1/2 mashed bananas
1 cup pitted, soaked, and drained dates
1 tsp (or more) powdered spirulina
Blend or mash dates into date-paste. Add mashed bananas. Combine with sunflower seeds and spirulina. Spread on cookie sheet and freeze until hardened. Cut into bars and dehydrate at 95 degrees for about 16 hours.
And to really sell you, a bit on spirulina:
- World’s highest beta carotene food which reduces long term health risks
- Contains GLA, a rare essential fatty acid
- Iron for women and children’s health
- Might be high in High in Vitamin B-12 and B Complex
- Strengthens the immune system
- Supports cardiovascular function and healthy cholesterol
- Enhances natural cleansing and detoxification
- Improves gastrointestinal and digestive health
- Reduces cancer risks with antioxidant protection
- Delivers energy and improves stamina
- Offers 60% protein and amino acids
- Good for pets too
In case you haven’t already guessed, spirulina is a superfood. They come in pills too that you can take, but the “real deal” is way better than a supplement pill. Plus you get to made fun recipes like these!
If you’re not working Monday, enjoy the rest of your weekend! I will continue to work on my SPF tan and see you all tomorrow!
Anyone doing fun things this weekend? Have you ever tried spirulina? Do you eat it regularly, if so, how?