When you’re on the go, a protein boost is just the ticket! Try our make-ahead spirulina recipe.
Spirulina is gaining in popularity, so why not try this simple, make-ahead spirulina recipe? Get an energizing protein boost with these Make-Ahead Beauty Bites. Sweetened with dates and raw honey, this delicious spirulina recipe gives you a lasting jolt of energy without an accompanying crash. We’ve added our Collagen Beauty Greens for protein, probiotics, and nutrients from greens. Keep these Beauty Bites on hand for an afternoon pick-me-up or post workout fix.
Benefits of Medjool Dates
The sweetness of medjool dates makes them a perfect option when trying to cut down on sugar and artificial sweeteners, and a great addition to this spirulina recipe. Not only do they taste great, dates are packed with calcium and phosphorus, which are great for developing strong bones. Bones rely on phosporus to maintain bone tissues and surrounding cells, as well as promoting the development of important vitamins and minerals like Vitamin D, zinc, and magnesium (1). As if that wasn’t enough, dates are a great source of fiber, with more than 6g per serving (2)!
Benefits of Hemp Seeds
These little seeds may be small, but they are mighty! An excellent source of protein, 2-3 tablespoons of hemp seeds can have the same amount of protein as beef or lamb (3) and include all of the essential amino acids. Because they’re also a good source of important fatty acids, help seeds can promote overall skin health such as increased hydration (4). This spirulina recipe isn’t complete without these protein powerhouses!
Benefits of Sunflower Seeds
Vitamin E is very potent in sunflower seeds, to the tune of 80% of the recommended daily value, and can help promote a healthy inflammatory response (7). Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means that when consumed with healthy fats, the vitamin is optimally absorbed into the body; in the case of sunflower seeds, the fatty acids already found within this seed makes the nutrients even more beneficial. The other nutrients in sunflower seeds, in addition to Vitamin E, can also help flush out free radicals, which helps the body steer clear of bacteria and toxins (8).
Benefits of Coconut Oil
You have probably heard of beauty products containing coconut oil for smoother skin or healthier hair, but coconut oil also has rewarding benefits when ingested, too! Replacing vegetable oil with coconut oil is a great choice due to coconut oil’s content of medium chain triglycerides, which are fatty acids that move directly to the liver from the digestive tract, creating a quick source of energy (5). Medium chain triglycerides have also been shown to encourage satiety, which ultimately helps with weight management (6).
Benefits of Chia Seeds
Ch-ch-ch-Chia! Not just a 90s jingle, but a powerful and healthy natural seed, chia seeds boast nearly 11g of fiber per serving–nearly half of the daily recommended value! Because of it’s high fiber content, chia seeds help to promote healthy digestion as a result of its ability to absorb a lot of water and creates a gelatin consistency in the stomach (8). This gelatin-like substance supports the growth of probiotics, which support gut health.
Benefits of Spirulina
Spirulina is one of the most nutritious foods out there right now. Why? Just one ounce of spirulina contains dozens of vitamins and nutrients, such as Vitamins A, B6, C, E and K, copper, potassium, iron, zing, manganese, and many more (9). Studies have shown that the nutrients in spirulina can help encourage a healthy digestive system and promote immune strength (10). Since it’s high in protein, spirulina can actually aid in weight management as well due to the energy that it takes for the body to metabolize protein (11). Vital Proteins Spirulina comes in capsule form, and can be taken daily to boost immunity and promote a healthy inflammatory response.
Benefits of Honey
Whether you add a teaspoon of honey to your tea, or in this spirulina recipe, working honey into your diet offers a ton of nutritional benefits! A natural sweetener, honey is packed with antioxidants that include phenols and enzymes, as well as organic acids and flavonoids, which research has shown to give honey its antioxidant power (12). Studies have shown that honey can promote a healthy inflammatory response, as well as offer nutrients to skin (13). Research also shows that honey is an effective way to manage weight, primarily when used as a replacement for refined sugars(14).
Benefits of Collagen Beauty Greens
Containing hyaluronic acid, probiotics, collagen, and five organic fruits and vegetables, Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens is a one stop shop for essential nutrients and vitamins including Vitamins A, K, and C, iron, and copper. Collagen Beauty Greens support overall health and wellness, hair, skin and nails while helping to reduce the signs of aging. Our Beauty Greens are made with a unique blend of nutritious ingredients that benefit your body from the inside out, including organic greens (wheat grass, spinach, alfalfa leaf, kale and barley grass), 80mg of hyaluronic acid, 10g of collagen and 2B CFU of spore probiotic baccillus coagulans.
- 6 medjool dates, pitted
- ¼ c. hemp seeds
- ½ c. sunflower seeds
- ½ c. unsweetened, shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens
- 8 Vital Proteins Spirulina Capsules (opened, contents only)
- ¼ c. melted coconut oil
- ¼ c. raw honey
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- Add the dates, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, chia seeds, Collagen Beauty Greens, and spirulina powder to the bowl of a large food processor. Process until everything is small and crumbly. Add the melted coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract, and sea salt to the bowl. Process until the mixture begins to clump together. Use a small cookie scoop to dish out balls. If they begin to fall apart, simply roll them between your hands. Place the balls on a lined sheet pan or plate and move them to the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set up. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a month.
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