Food, Kainoa, Stuff We Love

Stuff We Love: Spirulina Popcorn

spirulina popcorn

spirulina popcorn

Most people I know don’t take to the taste of spirulina right off the bat. It’s an acquired taste, but although it’s strong, the taste can be tempered by finding foods and combinations that work to compliment its flavor.

I first found out about spirulina popcorn 5 years ago, while browsing the local health food store and stumbling across bags produced by a now defunct Hawai’i company. I’d heard the buzz about spirulina, so I decided to give it a shot. When I cracked open the bag, I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be. In fact, the natural saltiness on popcorn was yummy. It was time to invest in a bottle of locally made spirulina and give it a go.

The directions are simple, pop your popcorn (naked popcorn is best, meaning no salt, no butter), add about 2 teaspoons of spirulina powder, toss, and eat. It’s a perfect, healthy snack. It’s a little messy, and you’ll be seeing traces of green around your lips and in your fingernails long after the popcorn is gone, but it’s worth it.


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Kainoa is a hula practitioner, higher education professional, student, and aspiring lifestyle maven. During her free time, she enjoys writing, solo travel, photography, and the domestic arts.


  1. BRODRUEZ says

    If I may ask what is spirulina? I for one am not a health fanatic so I’m clueless on many healthy food terms or types of food in natural food stores. I must also add Hawaii always thinks of such wonderful toppings on popcorn with both a salty and sweet twist to a already wonderful taste of popcorn.

    wonderful writing you girls keep up the good work and keep it going.


    • Yes, Hawaiʻi is known for tossing popcorn with all kinds of toppings. Popcorn with furikake is my all-time favorite, but I donʻt eat it as much now that Iʻm hooked on spirulina.

      Spirulina is a blue-green freshwater algae that’s processed as a dietary supplement. It’s said to be rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. What’s a bonus is that it’s produced locally, right here in Kona by Nutrex Hawaiʻi. Donʻt worry, I didn’t know much about it either and used to walk by it in the natural food stores all the time. LOL.

      Mahalo nui for the kind words and encouragement with this blog. It is a labor of love, but one we enjoy. Hope youʻre enjoying it as much as we do.

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