This spirulina, passion fruit and coconut water drink was developed by students David Gonzalo Barahona Guacollante, María Isabel Almeida Andrade, Erika Jazmina Valencia Arias and Karen Estefanía Pineda Naranjo from the Food Engineering degree at the University of Quito.
The students of the University of Quito developed this drink prepared “based on spirulina, passion fruit, and coconut water, which is characterized by being a product with a large number of proteins and minerals that provide it with nutritional qualities.” This drink is characterized by being composed of “2.4% spirulina and 28.4% passion fruit”.
Benefits of this spirulina drink
These current Food Engineering professionals saw the need in today’s society to consume healthy and detoxifying beverages, which provide minerals, vitamins, and proteins. In addition, they saw that a drink made from spirulina algae did not yet exist on the market in their country.
Spirulina “In its dehydrated form it has around 65% protein, 5 to 7% lipids, 7% minerals, 20% carbohydrates, and 3% moisture. Its essential amino acids include isoleucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. It also contains vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B, iron, zinc, copper, and germanium “
For this reason, this algae has “antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-hyper-lipidemic, anti-bacterial and anti-coagulant properties. Furthermore, it is a good regulator against hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia.”
How to take advantage of the benefits of Spirulina?
Students recommend ingesting 2 to 8.5 grams of spirulina daily to take advantage of its benefits.
What are the benefits of passion fruit?
This fruit has a calming effect on the body, improves the quality of sleep, and naturally relaxes. In addition, it contains vitamin A:
“Helps eliminate free radicals that cause skin damage and improves vision”
What are the benefits of coconut water?
It is a “rehydrating drink due to its high electrolyte content”. Also “low in calories, low in sugars, 99% fat-free”. This drink helps fight the effect of aging on the skin.
How to prepare the spirulina, passion fruit, and coconut water drink?
- Coconut water. A glass.
- Maracuya pulp. Use the pulp of the fruit or three tablespoons of pulp.
- Spirulina powder. One serving, which can be a scoop or a tablespoon of soup.
- Water. Add the necessary amount according to the intensity of the flavor of the juice you prefer.
- Sugar of your choice. Sweeten according to your preference.
Tip: Process the passion fruit pulp with a little water and then strain it to remove the seeds. Then you can incorporate the large seedless crushed pulp with the rest of the ingredients.
Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until all ingredients are unified. Then you can consume.
Now that you know the benefits of this spirulina, passion fruit, and coconut water drink, do not hesitate to try it at home and feel all its benefits.
This drink is an excellent ally for weight loss diets and detox diets. Accompany it with a diet that incorporates quality carbohydrates.