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RECIPE: Spooky Spirulina Smoothie

Inspiral Spirulina Smoothie Halloween

With a colour that’s bound to get you in the festive Halloween spirit, give our spooky spirulina smoothie recipe a try this October.

Superfoods are not only incredibly good for your health, but the phytonutrients they contain also work wonderfully as natural food colouring. The spirulina in this terrifying smoothie gives it it’s vibrant, ghoulish colour without the need to add in any other nasty ingredients.

When we checked the ingredients list of a popular brand of green food colouring we found that not only were glucose syrup and sugar the top two ingredients, but it also contained SIX different types of E numbers! Why not simply use nutrition instead of the chemical-laden alternative?

People also love spirulina for its high levels of chlorophyll, essential fatty acids and vast amounts of vitamins. Plus it’s full of essential amino acids that make this smoothie an amazing way to consume your plant based protein. The perfect replenishment for your Halloween party guests!

Go on, give your friends a fright this year by telling them their fruity smoothie is bursting with algae!

Inspiral Spirulina Smoothie Bag


Spooky Spirulina Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients :

Method :

Juice your oranges and carrots before adding both to the banana, spirulina and protein powder. Blend everything until smooth.


Thanks to Kim from A Blackbird’s Epiphany who made our spirulina smoothie and gave us these wonderful images.


RECIPE: Tomato & Inca Berry Salsa

Inca berries have been revered by the tribes of the Amazon for centuries for as a highly nutritious food and as a medicine, hence one of their many nicknames, ‘golden berries.’ As well as being packed with protein, they are rich in vitamins A and C and provide a variety of B vitamins. Their seeds also have a mild laxative effect which promotes healthy digestion and prevents toxin build-up.

With many superfoods, it can be difficult to find a way to include them in your regular diet. This is why we have come up with this simple recipe for a salsa with a superfood kick. Perfect in wraps, salads or shared as a dip with friends.

mexican salsa in blue bowl



  • 160g chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 30g Raw & Organic Inca Berries
  • 20g fine chopped green bell pepper
  • 50g diced red onion
  • 10ml (1dsp) lime juice
  • 1.5tsp minced coriander leaf
  • 1.5tsp fine chopped jalapeno chilli pepper (optional)
  • ⅛tsp ground cumin
  • ⅛tsp Himalayan Crystal Salt
  • ⅛tsp ground black pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve as you wish (If you’d prefer a smoother salsa, pulse in a blender a few times)
  2. Enjoy!


Raw Inca Berries PP WebInca Berries – Raw & Organic

Inca Berries are also known as ‘golden berries’ or dried physalis. A deliciously zingy, juicy & sweet natural snack that’s a perfect treat, straight from the bag, as part of a salad or in your morning porridge. Our variety recently won Veggie Magazine’s ‘Best Vegetarian World Ingredient’ award and were praised for their balanced flavour.


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Dairy-Free 101


As awareness about nutrition, environmental issues and animal welfare gains more momentum, so too does the number of people choosing to go dairy-free. This could be for ethical reasons, lactose intolerance or purely for their own health gains.
Either way, the evidence for dairy not being as good for us as we once thought it was is stacked up, and we might be starting to think about how we could reduce or completely eliminate it from our diets.
Numerous health benefits have been reported as a result of taking this leap. People have reported various skin conditions vanishing within weeks of cutting out dairy. Thousands of personal success stories have emerged from people who quit dairy and resolved a medley of mystery illnesses – from migraines to stuffy noses to an improvement in behavioural conditions such as ADHD.
It has been estimated that 70% of the world’s population suffers with some degree of lactose intolerance. Although symptoms can be mild enough to go undetected, they can cause a variety of problems with our digestion nonetheless.
Digestion is the stage at which all our nutrient absorption is done, and dairy has been noted to inhibit this process for many people. So less dairy actually has the indirect effect of you absorbing more nutrients from the rest of your food, which comes with a myriad of health benefits.
But even with all of this information, the act of actually cutting dairy out of your diet can seem difficult if not impossible given its huge presence in our daily diets. In this guide, inSpiral want to dispel the myth that a dairy-free diet is difficult, and help you on your way.

Kitchen Essentials:

Before you can get started, there are a few things you will need in your kitchen. Obviously we’re not going to list everything you could have (there’s so much), but here are a few things that you should stock to make your journey a little easier.

  1. A blender (probably the most important of all!)
  2. Coconut oil
  3. Avocado
  4. Tofu
  5. Nutritional yeast
  6. Raw nuts (cashews, macadamias, almonds, etc)
  7. Nut butter (whichever you prefer)
  8. Plant-based milk (almond, hemp, oat, etc)
  9. Agar agar flakes (for solid cheese substitutes)
  10. Coconut milk (canned)



Before you can go dairy-free, you’ll need to know what how to replace the gap that it leaves in your diet. Here are some alternatives to get you started.
This is a big one for most of us. It is used in tea, cereal, baking, sauces and soups. It is also the key ingredient in a lot of other popular food – cheese, yoghurt and ice cream to name but a few. But it isn’t as unavoidable as it might seem once you discover the alternatives.

  • Plant-based
    There are a variety of plant-based milks that are not only dairy-free, but high in various vitamins and minerals. They include nut milk, seed milk and milks made from grains. Some popular varieties found in shops are almond milk, hemp milk, rice milk and oat milk. They are all highly nutritious and make convincing milk substitutes.
  • Coconut milk
    Coming in both thick and light varieties, coconut milk is an excellent substitute for milk across the board. The thick canned variety is great for making creamy sauces and the light version found in cartons in most shops is great for using in place of cow’s milk. It is also free from gluten, nuts and dairy – so great for those who suffer with intolerances.
  • Homemade
    The majority of plant based milks can be made at home with minimal effort. Simply take your chosen ingredient and blend it with water and sweetener to taste. If using nuts or seeds, be sure to soak beforehand!

Cheese is the mammoth hurdle all people cutting dairy out need to jump, and there are very few alternatives on the shelves that satisfy the cravings. But fear not; there are a number of substitutes that you can make at home with little effort.

  • Nut cheese
    There is a whole range of nut cheeses that you can make at home for a creamy spreadable alternative to cheese. Many of them use cashew nuts, so it is useful to stock them in your cupboard. These cheeses are filling and packed with all the nutritional benefits of whichever nut you use – take a look at inSpirals’s macadamia nut cheese recipe to get you started!
  • Solid cheese
    inSpiral now stock agar agar flakes, which have been used in many recipes to create convincing substitutes to cheese that slice, grate and melt. Any vegan will understand that this is life altering!
  • Nutritional yeast
    As used in our new Tomato & Basil Pizza Kale-os, this amazing little ingredient is perfect for replacing the cheese flavour in your cooking. The cheesy tasting flakes can be blended into sauces, soups and sprinkled on salads for a nutty boost. As a bonus, it is also very high in b vitamins, including b12, which is notoriously sparse in plant-based diet.


Butter & spreads:

  • Coconut oil
    The perfect alternative to butter – this oil is revered amongst the nutrition community for its numerous health benefits. From helping burn more fat and boosting brain function to helping fight bacteria; populations that eat a lot of coconut are among the healthiest on the planet. Join them!
  • Avocado
    Affectionately referred to by many as ‘nature’s butter’, this dreamy fruit is a god send for those going dairy free. Naturally rich and creamy, when ripe, avocado can be used as a spread or mashed with other ingredients for a guacamole. Make them a staple in your new dairy-free diet.
  • Nut butter
    Nut butters are great for giving your food an extra protein boost, and if you’re trying to cut dairy out, they are sure to fill the gap. Peanut butter is the most common variety, but why not try inSpiral’s Almond Butter for a tasty alternative?


Calcium Concerns:

When you mention the fact that you’re thinking about cutting dairy out, many people will instantly comment on the lack of calcium, which milk is a primary source of in most modern diets. This might be a concern at first considering its importance for our bone health, but the truth is, better quality sources of calcium can be found elsewhere, but you do need to make sure you’re eating a lot of them, or supplementing.

Bear in mind though that optimal vitamin D levels are necessary for calcium absorption, and many people are deficient, especially in the UK. Vitamin D is another vitamin vegans need to think about – inSpiral stock a vitamin D3 spray that is derived purely from organic plant sources.  It is now being researched that perhaps we need less calcium in our supplements if we are fully replete in vitamin D.

Kale is extremely high in calcium and is also the most nutrient dense food on the planet (all the more reason to eat lots of kale chips!). Beans, tofu, organge juice, fortified planet-based milk and much more also contain just as much calcium, without all the problems that come with cow’s milk.


Photo credits: Experiment by Tim Patterson/ CC BY | Coconut Milk by S Sepp / CC BY-SA 3.0 | Coconuts drying by Peter Davis/ CC BY 2.0


RECIPE: Macadamia Nut Cheese

Any newly converted vegan will tell you about their struggles with giving up cheese. Dairy-free replacements in the shops just don’t seem to cut it and nothing we eat gives quite the same hearty satisfaction as cheese.

But it needn’t be such a struggle – there are a plethora of nut-cheeses you can make at home that provide a perfect replacement to the original, and can be flavoured in any way you like. High in protein and healthy fats and lacking in the unhealthy saturated fats found in dairy cheese, they’re also way better for your body as well as animals.

Here we have a recipe for macadamia nut cheese with caraway, fennel and olive. This delcious alternative is completely raw, vegan and gluten-free and it includes our powerful probiotic blend to tip the nutritional scales. Taking the leap to a vegan diet just got a little bit easier!




  1. Place macadamias, water and probiotic capsule in a blender and process until completely smooth. Place the mixture in a strainer that has been lined with a cheesecloth and put a weight on top of it. Leave to culture for 36-48 hours at room temperature.
  2. Once culturing is complete, stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Spoon the cheese mixture into a metal ring and repeat until all the cheese has been used.
  4. Place in the refrigerator to firm up a little bit.
  5. Voila! Vegan cheese that you can enjoy as a spread, in a salad or with our Raw Crackits.



Proviotic Vegan Probiotic Capsules

inSpiral are proud to introduce this brand new vegan probiotic capsule which has been isolated from Snowdrop flowers and grown in 100% GMO-free vegetable juice. Previously only thought to be available in dairy products, the strain strain of probiotics found in these capsules provide the benefits of Greek yoghurt without the animal products. Perfect for vegans!


Himalayan-Crystal-Salt-PPWEB400Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt

This beautiful pink Himalayan crystal salt is actually the sea salt which was formed after an ancient pristine ocean dried up between 300-600 million years ago. This salt is used by health professionals and spas, and is 96-99% sodium chloride along with up to 82 other trace minerals.



Photo credits: Clean Blog


RECIPE: Superfood ‘Snickers’

Seeing as it’s Father’s Day soon, we thought we’d share a recipe that is as decadent as it is nutritious. We’ll understand if he’s not so keen on green smoothies, but this surprisingly healthy treat will be difficult to resist.

This recipe is adapted from Jesse Van Der Velde’s book ‘5 Steps To Becoming A Super Foodie’




  1. Gently melt the coconut oil and then stir in the cacao and lucuma powder. The exact amount of each powder can be adjusted according to preference. More cacao for bitterness, more lucuma for sweetness, more maca for manliness!
  2. Next add in the superfood of your choice. Stir the mixture thoroughly until a desirable consistency is achieved.
  3. Now pour a layer of the cacao mixture into a chocolate mould. Follow with a spoonful of peanut butter (or a nut butter of your choice) and then top with a final layer of the cacao mixture.
  4. Place in your fridge or freezer to set before serving.
  5. Enjoy!


Organic Rawcacao-powder-product-image Cacao Powder

Our Truly Raw Cacao Powder is cold-pressed below 45°C from dried Balinese cacao beans. Deliciously dark & distinct in flavour, it makes for stunning desserts, shakes, truffles & more!


lucuma-main-imageOrganic Raw Lucuma Powder

Lucuma, once known as ‘the gold of the Incas’, has been cultivated since 200AD in the Peruvian highlands, where its maple and caramel notes create a more popular dessert & ice cream flavour than chocolate!

Orgmaca-main-imageanic Raw Maca Powder

Maca is a sweet root. Ours is grown by a cooperative of local farmers in Peru, in mineral-rich soil & dried in the sun below 46°C. It is a source of iron, which contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.


Photo credit: One Green Planet


Vegan Maca Milkshake


A vegan milkshake loaded with energy to keep you going all day long. Our Maca powder is packed with iron which contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue; along with dates, almonds and chia seeds, you definitely won’t be going for a nap any time soon.

When Men’s Health Magazine interviewed an ethnobotanist in search of ancient tribal wisdom on helping men stay in top physical form, he recommended the Andean root, maca for “increasing strength, energy and stamina.”  Oxygen levels are lower once high up in the Peruvian Andes and maca powder is used regularly in their culture.  Maca makes ‘a powerful addition to any smoothie or milkshake.  Take daily for 8-12 weeks to feel the full, boosting effect.”


  • 50g almonds (soaked for 6 hours)
  • 500ml filtered water
  • 6 dates (pitted and chopped)
  • 3tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2tsp vanilla powder
  • 2Tbsp Organic Raw Maca Powder


  • First put the soaked almonds and the water in the blender and process until you have a smooth milky liquid.
  • Then add the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth.

(For a nut-free version, use hemp seeds or rice milk instead of almonds.) 


maca-main-imageOrganic Raw Maca Powder

Maca is a sweet root. Ours is grown by a cooperative of local farmers in Peru, in mineral-rich soil & dried in the sun below 46°C. It is a source of iron, which contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.


Photo Credit: Charley’smilkshake by snowpea&bokchoi / CC BY 2.0


RECIPE: Asparagus & Wheatgrass Pesto Pizza

Celebrate National Asparagus month with inSpiral, with a gorgeous, flavoursome, glutenfree pizza recipe. Bursting with the flavours of peppery rocket, aromatic basil and a very clean taste of the earthy asparagus!

Asparagus & Rocket Glutenfree Pizza with Wheatgrass Pesto

Asparagus & Rocket Gluten-free Pizza with Wheatgrass Pesto


  • 1 glutenfree pizza base
  • basil & wheatgrass pesto (enough to layer on base)
  • 300 grams asparagus, trimmed & cut in half
  • 2 cups rocket leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place the pizza base onto a baking tray. Spread the basil & wheatgrass pesto evenly onto the base.
  3. Distribute asparagus evenly over the pizza base.
  4. Place pizza in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until crust is golden and asparagus is lightly browned. Remove pizza from oven.
  5. Sprinkle the rocket evenly lightly over the pizza.
  6. Enjoy!

Picture Credit: Hamshaw.


RECIPE: Sweet Chlorella Cream

inSpiral’s organic and vegan Chlorella powder is a broken-cell wall variant of this green algae, whose dry weight is over 50% protein. Grown in pristine fresh water, it is very high in iron, which can aid in the contribution of reduced tiredness and fatigue as well as normal immune & cognitive functions. The inSpiral team has come up with a very simple and delicious recipe for you to try our awesome and wholesome Chlorella Powder.

Sweet Chlorella Cream

Sweet Chlorella Cream


  • 1.5tsp chlorella powder
  • 50g maple syrup
  • 20ml pure water
  • 60g raw almond/nut butter
  • a dash of vanilla extract


Blend all the ingredients together until smooth, and serve on fruit, crackers, raw muesli etc.

inSpiral's Chlorella Powder

inSpiral’s Chlorella Powder

• organic • vegan • paleo • gluten free • GMO free • no added sugar • no MSG or artificial additives •

Photo Credit: Sarah


An Uplifting Springtime Smoothie

Springtime Woman Smoothie

Springtime Woman Smoothie


  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tsp of inSpiral Women’s Mix or Vitality Mix
  • 1/8 cup edible flower petals, if available (Spring time edible flowers include primroses, cowslips or anything else from the polyanthus family)


  1. Blend all ingredients together and serve decorated with edible petals.

inSpiral Women's Mix

inSpiral’s Women’s Mix

Women’s Mix

inSpiral’s Women’s Mix is an organic, uplifting & replenishing mix of plant powders to support women’s specific needs. The natural sweetness of beetroot, yacon, goji & maca is sure to enhance any juices or smoothies! Our profits in March from sales of Women’s Mix went towards Womankind charity who work to tackle issues affecting women’s lives worldwide.



inSpiral Vitality Mix

Vitality Mix

The perfect everyday maintenance mix to nourish and sustain a 21st century lifestyle, made from 100% natural plant ingredients known for their beneficial phytonutrients & antioxidants. This mix adds a unique, delicious flavour to drinks.




Spring Primrose

Edible Flowers

As well as being beautiful, uplifting and elegant, flowers can also be wonderful additions to our diets.   Wild flower restoration consultant Charles Flower, states that farmers used to place high value on the wild flowers in their fields as a source of supplementary minerals for grazing animals. Many wild flowers have long roots that grow into deeper layers of the soil than the grasses do, thus accessing different and additional minerals.


Photo Credit: Jeff-o-matic


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