Spirulina is an edible type of blue-green algae. It is very high in protein and is also a rich source of essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. It is a complete protein containing all essential amino acids. Spirulina was a food source for the Aztecs and other Mesoamericans until the 16th century.

This recipe is used at the Jivamuktea Cafe and a scoop of it complements any salad or can make a great side dish, or even a main course!


  • 1 cup dry millet
  • 4 Tablespoons powdered spirulina algae
  • 4 Tablespoons flax seed oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Braggs Liguid Aminos (or soy sauce)

Boil millet in 2 cups water, reduce heat and cook until all water is absorbed (about 20 minutes) Wait for Millet to ‘dry out’ about 10 minutes

Transfer millet into large bowl, add oil and using a large fork mix well, sprinkle spirulina over millet, continue to mix well, finally add Braggs, mixing well until millet is bright green.

(You could live on this—I do sometimes. My 6 cats are all big fans of spirulina millet too!).

Sharon Gannon is a 21st-century Renaissance woman, an animal rights and vegan activist and a world-renowned yogini, perhaps best known as the founder, along with David Life, of the Jivamukti Yoga Method. She is also an accomplished writer, dancer, painter, musician and chef. Sharon has devoted many years exploring the role of diet in promoting physical, emotional and mental well-being as well as spiritual development. She lives in a 125-acre wild forest sanctuary in Woodstock, NY.

A student of Brahmananda Sarasvati, Swami Nirmalananda, K. Pattabhi Jois, and Shyam das, she is a pioneer in teaching yoga as spiritual activism and is credited for making yoga cool and hip—relating ancient teachings of yoga to the modern world. Sharon's book Yoga and Vegetarianism has been called the "seminal" work on the subject, exploring the relationship of veganism to the teachings of yoga.

Sharon is a musician and is a featured vocalist on many CDs including Sharanam, which is her 2010 solo album, produced by Frenz Kallos. She has produced numerous yoga-related DVDs and is the author of several books, including Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body & SoulThe Art of Yoga, Cats and Dogs are People Too!, and Yoga Assists. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Toward 2012, Arcana V: Music, Magic and Mysticism, What comes after Money, Semiotexte, Yoga Journal, Mantra, and Origin. She writes a monthly essay called the Focus of the Month.