Spirulina is touted as one of the most amazing superfoods. It contains heaps of good stuff including 60% protein, iron, Vitamin A, B, D and K. It also helps build good gut flora and eliminates mercury and other toxins from the body.
There’s only one minor problem with Spirulina. It tastes NASTY! As many times as I have tried to drink Spirulina in its pure form, I either land up gagging from it or just throwing it down the drain. It just doesn’t taste good and even if we manage to do the old: block your nose, down it and then follow it with heaps of water thing, this is not a fun way to spend your morning. Never mind the fact that your body is unlikely to savour the benefits if our mind is going, “Oh yuck!”
So, after months of storing my Spirulina powder, I decided to find a better way to get the stuff into my body. One of the most obvious methods would be to get myself some veggie capsules and take the Spirulina in capsule form. I don’t know about you but I already have a long list of capsules which I line up each day and add to my routine – adding another one is just too much! I always think: If you can eat it or drink it, why swallow a tablet?
One of the key things I discovered is that the quantity of Spirulina we use plays a big role in the taste. Initially, I started simply adding the Spirulina to my smoothies but soon found that even then I could taste it and it actually landed up ruining the quite tasty smoothy I had made. My smoothies generally consist of a coconut milk base and perhaps the Spirulina mixed with milk thing just doesn’t work! Buy a good brand of Spirulina here.
So, the key was to keep the quantity down to 1/2 if not 1/4 teaspoon. Maybe even 1/8 if you are just starting out!
And so, the experiments began. First it was the morning lemon combo. Lemon juice with some Spirulina. Okay, so here’s the problem with this idea. First off, the Spirulina doesn’t actually mix into the lemon juice. It just sits on top of the lemon juice and that means you have to drink dry powder before you even get to the lemon juice! Yuck! I tried stirring with a spoon and then a fork and it just didn’t cut it. The next option would normally be to go with a blender. But I found a better solution!
It’s a little handheld mixer and it mixes the Spirulina with any liquids perfectly. You can get them at IKEA too! I know most people use them to make froth for their cappuccinos!
Though I had figured out that the Spirulina could actually be mixed with any liquids, the lemon juice Spirulina combo was just not that good. So I went and experimented with other juices. At first I tried just buying some apple juice and mixing it with that. It just made the apple juice taste foul!
Then the real experiments began and I started to add Spirulina to all sorts of liquid drinks. First there were my smoothies but no matter how much I tried to disguise the taste, I could still taste the Spirulina. I would combine it with cocoa powder and bananas and yet, still that nasty green taste came through. It also made my smoothie look a nasty khaki colour.
Well, after months of trying and really wanting to make this stuff work for me, I found a recipe this morning that really works. It does require a little more effort than I was hoping for but I figure I am getting additional health benefits by doing it this way.
I decided that the problem was that I simply wasn’t working with my friend ol’ Spirulina. I was trying to hide it, disguise it and rather than doing that I decided to actually work with this deep green colour and taste. So, the secret lay in bringing out more of the greenness of my friend Spirulina.
This is what finally worked and tastes good:
A juice made with:
- 1 cucumber
- 4 celery sticks
- 1 pear
Then get your spiffy cappuccino mixing tool and add about 1/2 teaspoon of Spirulina. Mix away and the longer you mix, the more you get that frothy top you used to enjoy on coffee!
I actually really love this drink! It is funny because the Spirulina actually adds something to the drink. When I first tried the juice, without the Spirulina, it tasted kind of watery. With the Spirulina, it adds a lovely richness to the drink. WOW! I did it! I found a way to drink Spirulina and it actually tastes good.
Have you found a way to drink Spirulina that tastes good? What are your favourite recipes with Spirulina? Like it? Hate it? Given up on it?
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You can use Stevia instead of sugar it’s natural
Pleasure hun 🙂
You can peel the cucumber. It helps to avoid digestive struggles.
Did you peel the cuecumber please? I will be using a blender. Will it better with a juicer? I suppose this will all be eaten within 2 days.
Your advice would be much appreciated.
Honestly thank you my mom has liver cancer and it’s so hard for her to bear the taste of spirulina this is literally a life saving recipe for her! Forever thankful of you!
while preparing tablets and capsules with using of spirulina still didnt find up a appropriate binder or masking agents and i followed what you mention in your recipe but while tablet gets dissolved in water or milk the taste not good
I did the exact same thing, and I’m a bodybuilder, but I am quite fussy and prefer banana milkshakes.
Your write-up was really an interesting and funny read. I was laughing as well as every word is true. Have you benefited from the ingestion of spirulina?
I mixed mine this morning with Sainsbury’s fragrant juice – (mango, passion fruit and apple I think)and sparkling water – note to self, add the sparkling water last – I had a green school volcano science project situation going on. when I added the powder to the water first ( add to juice, mix, then add water SLOWLY).. I now fear for my kitchen tiles! masked the flavour nicely though 🙂
I just Bought spirulina powders and mixed it with water and it was disgusting and I couldnt waste it so I threw A cup of the water in a blender and added a banana, some apple sauce, oats, two big strawberries, a few blueberries and a small activia peach yogurt with a frozen açaí blend packet. Really helped with the taste and it’s like drinking a juice.
I mix my spirulina with young coconut water and add slices of orange and lemon and leave it overnight and it works really well for me!
Maybe try a green smoothie?
You can try but I struggled – hence using the frother 🙂
Is the frother necessary or would you be able to just mix it in with a fork or a spoon?
I appreciate your devotion to finding tasty was to take spirulina. I found I can throw one brand of spirulina with one apple juice and it’s good but other combinations don’t work. But I need more spirulina and less calories. Do you have a recipe for someone who has worked up to 2 tbls of spirulina but needs less fruit sugar?
yeah i am taking 4 grams a day so this wont help
What persistence ! Thank you. That’s great. I love it!! I couldn’t imagine enjoying spirulina powder before that
And I like a “Green Ocean” smoothie, which I invented myself. It has apple/pear, green grapes, celery and spirulina. It’s sweet and refreshing, the perfect cobo.
I like mine with mint flavored chlorophyll, lots of water, and a bit of stevia. Wrote details here about my story with spirulina.https://theentrepreneurialwife.com/2013/09/17/how-to-make-a-spirulina-drink-that-actually-tastes-good/
I can’t wait to try your idea! I also found a guy at the local farmer’s market
who makes his spirulina in these glass tubes. It tastes great! Like just pure spirulina, and thats it. Couldn’t believe it.
I was googling ways to add spirulina to a morning smoothie, but I really prefer savory over sweets for breakfast. I’ve never had spirulina before so I’m a little intimidated but your spirulina soup sounds less scary than a smoothie and is perfect as the weather is turning colder.
I bought capsules but still have some powder… so I figured out that instead of adding it to cold smoothies, I’d try making a hot soup! I put my ceramic cup of water in the microwave and then add 1 level teaspoon of spirulina, 3 shakes of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of lime juice and salt to taste!
If I’m doing a cleanse juice I add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a bit of cayenne pepper powder.
P.S. I also add it to my chicken stews. I think of it as my Asian chicken recipe (tastes like sushi)
I like canned spinach (drained). Sauteed in fresh garlic,butter and season salt. Then sprinkle a little red wine vinegar and a teaspoon of spiralina. Worked for me
Mix with pineapple juice & stir well…think I will get an IKEA froth! …I will try some of these suggestions, thank you all!
I just had to reply. Genius! !!! That will solve my problem when I have spirulina is that I crave salt, and hence Miso.. thank yooooooou sooo much . Maybe some hot sauce too.. .yummy.
Cardamon Powder does the trick
One heaped tablespoon..mix into paste with water top up small glass with fresh OJ. Drink it straight down, fill with water then straight down..pop mint gum in mouth & no bad taste. Takes one minute with no messing
Your data is amazingly useful
My recipe is:
8fl oz orange juice plus a little extra water (otherwise texture too thick)
half cup chopped Apple
half cup chopped pineapple
1 tsp spirulina
1 tsp wheatgrass powder
1 tsp cacao powder
Whizz up in a Nutriblast. You can taste the cacao mostly. It has grown on me, the taste. I take this at night and again in the morning usually, but wonder whether I should reduce amount of spirulina because recommended dose is 2-6 grams a day.
Oh my God! You are a genius! It totally worked! I was so skeptical, for I thought nothing could make Spirulina taste good. But you are totally right. Not only does it not taste bad it actually tastes exotic and nice. Thank you so much for this recipe!
i m gng to try this today….hope i will get good results
I made a smoothie this morning for my first ever Spirulina experience.
1 cup each of coconut water, fresh papaya and frozen wild blueberries.
I added about ½ cup frozen strawberries too on a whim… Added the 2 tsp Spirulina and left it on blend for quite a while.
The color was a super dark purple AND it didn’t smell or taste fishy!!! It was actually very good 🙂
Try adding cinnamon! That realy makes a difference for me, especially with a complimenting banana.
This was helpful. I will try this in the morning. My blueberry banana smoothie is black in colour and will be down the sink, haha! My daily problem since i started adding spirulina to my smoothies
People seem to try to make it sweet. Why so?
Sushi maki is wrapped into sea weed, miso soup has sea weed too. As many other japanese foods. Try to add it there.
Miso is low calory and so yum, cant get enough of it!
I just had spirlina for the first time! ( I smelt it and almost vom) I heard the benefits are great but didn’t realise it tasted so nasty! I made a smoothy with
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 green apple
1 hand full of spinach
Almost 1 tsp of spirlina
I filled the cup with ice and
This was a bit yuck when tasted so I added
2 majool dates just to sweeten it up a bit This made it quite yummy drank the whole thing.
I also bought Macca powder and super green mix so I’m hoping these taste a bit better!
Well here is something simple. Make Mint Tea and mix it with that: 2 oz 1 teaspoon …. then open a teabag with mint tea and mix it with that … basically you’ll just taste mint and that’s tolerable. You can mix all that with a fork and if you are worried about spirulina sticking to the cup … just add more tea when you are done.
Hi, I loved the article, very useful!
I use this powder mix of chlorella and spirulina, and it has ruined the morning smoothie routine for me because I can’t get used to the taste.
I’ll give a try to all the suggestions I just read, but I was wondering if it could be used in soups, and which vegetables you’d use? 🙂
I mix spirulina with Nerada ice tea very palatable
I put 2 heaped table spoons in Chinese hot and sour soup and it tastes ok the soup masks the seaweed tast
Sirulina tastes good with Kool-Aid cherry flavor. I squirt some in a milk, ice, and table spoon of spiraling and it tastes great. It’s about the only thing I have found that does make it taste good. I think it’s just cherry flavor that does it. I only use the Kool-Aid non-sugar because it is the only one I can find that doesn’t have natural flavor added. Natural flavor is usually MSG which gives me a migraine. Now you can enjoy any spirulinal.
I have recently started taking spirulina and after trying it in a juice unsuccessfully, lumpy and unpleasant, I now mix a teaspoon 3 times a day in a small amount of hot water, whisk it to mix, this seems to neutralise the taste, it is tolerable, quite pleasant and if I seasoned it, the taste would resemble my green soups
SO MUCH easier in capsules taken with 2 glasses of water to knock em down…..I capsulize a month at a time, with tissue up my nostrils so I can’t smell it….Good stuff but not for the taste buds….I have drank it in smoothies…
My recipe was….
1 cup Kale
1 cup spinach
2tsp Chia seeds
1 chunk of ginger root
1 tsp Spirulina
Thanks Carl! That looks tasty 🙂
Smoothie recipe I use which almost hides the taste entirely is:
5 strawberries (medium sized)
300ml Apple juice
5 chunks of frozen mango chunks
Blend then add 1 heaped tsp of Spirulina.
Leaves a slight after taste but really hides the ugly taste of Spirulina. Enjoy!
Glad you liked it! I don’t think we need to drink that much of it. Just enough every day – distance, rather than quantity 🙂
Thank you so much for the tip with the Mixer (I have one from IKEA that I used to use to froth milk but it’s not been used often… until now!). I hated the spirulina lumps but half dl of orange juice and spirulina worked well. I do a quarter of a spoon now, I can’t handle more for now and will work my way up to more (I am only starting out to using it regularly…
I take a teaspoon of spiralina with a shot of (homemade) kombucha! Or if I prefer to sip it I add it to a whole glass and that usually does the trick of masking the green flavor
You could – perhaps with Almond Milk 😉
Can’t I just gulp a teaspoonful down with milk? Is that not recommended?
Sounds interesting and super healthy 🙂 Will have to try it!
Try mixing brocolli powder,spirilina,green tea powders add stevia and a banana yummy:)
Wow that is quite the mixture! Sounds disgusting but full of good things. As long as it is drinkable 🙂
I buy black currant concentrate and mix five ounces with water to make 32 ounces of juice. One cup of black current juice, one cup of aloe vera juice, one tablespoon of tumeric, four tablespoons of spirulina, two tablespoons of chlorella, one tablespoon of glutamine, one scoop of protein powder, one scoop of fiber powder, four tablespoons of maringa powder, and three raw egg yolks in a blender makes two 10 ounce drinks – one for the morning and one for the afternoon. This is important: make it the evening before you consume it so that it sits in the fridge overnight and becomes infused with tart blackcurrant flavor, and ice it down when you drink it. Really stinks coming out of the blender but it’s not so bad after sitting overnight.
I have used Spirulina and Blue Green Algae since the 80’s I put 2 grams in my water and I have gotten so used to the taste. You can get used to almost anything if you try hard enough. I have changed my diet these last 2 1/2yrs. I could never eat again the way I did before.
That is soo funny Dianne. Great add on – thanks 🙂
Hi Mel, I will have to give that a try 🙂 I mix Barley grass, Psyllium husks, Aloe juice, Spirulina in a little bit of juice (usually mixed berry or grape) every morning and i drink this on an empty stomach. As long as there aren’t any lumps, i am fine with it 🙂 And if my husband is around while i am drinking it i have a good laugh just watching his expression. He instantly turns green 🙂 He reckons i am going to wake up green like Fiona from Shrek one of these days.
Hi Mel, I will have to give that one a try 🙂 I mix mine with barley grass, aloe juice, psyllium husks and some fruit juice (usually berry). I drink this every morning on a empty stomach and as long as it doesn’t have lumps I’m cool with it. 😉 You should see my husband’s expression when he is around while I’m drinking it, that puts a smile on my face 🙂
Oh I hate that! I am especially sensitive to nasty lumps first thing in the morning 🙂
OO good – Ill be trying that soon, thanks! Up to this I usually make a nice tasting juice and then mix Spirulina into a small shot of it and knock it back :-))) It really isn’t great though and sometimes you get those lovely lumps of powder.. ugggh ha ha