Get Your Daily Dose of Blue-Green Algae With Spirulina Pond Yum! Vegan Popsicles

Categories: Meatless Monday

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Pond Yum
Pond Yum popsicles are made with fresh, live Florida-grown spirulina.
When you think of algae -- or, yes, pond scum -- does a healthy and delicious dessert come to mind? Well, thanks to Florida-based Hero Pops, it should.

The creation of Vero Beach resident Michael Haggerty, a new line of vegan-vegetarian popsicles known as Pond Yum! aren't just another bland, boring health-nut treat you need to be forced into trying. Aside from delivering a dose of superfood, they're also surprisingly delicious -- and a great way to get you (and your kids!?!) a daily serving of phytonutrients.

How? The main ingredient that makes these naturally bright green pops extra-special: fresh, locally-grown spirulina.

Pond Yum is a unique product, the world's first popsicle to use flash-frozen, live and locally-grown blue-green algae, also known as the superfood spirulina.

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The algae is made specifically for Pond Yum, sourced from Vero Beach-based microbiologist Erik Stenn, owner of AlgaGen, a marine biotech company that produces microalgae for both human and animal health and nutrition. That includes the 30 to 50 pounds of the custom-culture cyanobacterium produced each week for Haggerty's pops, Stenn told Clean Plate Charlie during a recent interview.

Haggerty found AlgaGen several years ago while searching high and low for fresh spirulina to create a healthy, nutrient-packed "green" treat for his son. Freeze-dried and powdered products tasted awful, Haggerty said, and didn't provide all the nutrients of fresh spirulina.

"Buying from us is the difference between picking a tomato fresh from the vine in your own organic garden, versus buying one from Walmart," said Stenn. "And because [Pond Yum] flash freezes the algae the day it's harvested, each pop delivers the maximum nutrient content by preserving the raw, living food."

Location Info

The Vegan Cafe

5075 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant


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