Category — Green Drinks
(Please consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement.)
You might’ve heard of Spirulina before but perhaps you have been intimidated to try it, or perhaps you have a jar at home you don’t know what to do with. I hope these simple 5 Spirulina recipes will give you the confidence to experiment with it at home.
Spirulina is a bluegreen algae that is available as a powder or tablet. Although Spirulina looks like food from the future, it was actually used as a food source for the Aztecs and Mesoamericans until the 16th century.
Today it is used as a supplement and considered a superfood because of its nutritional content. Spirulina contains about 60% (51–71%) protein and Spirulina’s lipid content is about 7% by weight and is rich in GLA , ALA, EPA, and DHA among other fatty acids. It contains B vitamins (not a reliable source of vitamin B12), vitamins C, K, A, E, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, and Zinc, plus, bioavailable pigments such as beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. Go here for the nutritional analysis.
Where you get your Spirulina is very important because you want it to be fresh, mild tasting, and free of contaminants. My favorite source is from Mountain Rose Herbs.*affiliate link
Just to warn you, Spirulina is an acquired taste. It has a slight fishy flavor, but not as strong as seaweed. The easiest way to use Spirulina is to add it to juice or a smoothie. It tastes good with apple juice or in a smoothie with bananas or mangos. Start with a teaspoon or less at first and add more only when you are sure you can tolerate the taste.
And for the adventurous, here are some simple Spirulina recipes:
Spirulina Green Juice
1 English cucumber
2 medium sized apples (I like Fuji apples best, but any variety will do)
1 small lemon or lime
1 teaspoon Spirulina powder
Juice the produce in a juicer (such as the Omega 4000) and then add 1 teaspoon of Spirulina powder to your juicer. I prefer to blend the Spirulina with the juice in a blender, but you can mix it well if you don’t have one. Makes 16 ounces of juice, double the recipe for 32 ounces.
Spirulina Mango Pudding
3 cups ripe mango, chopped
zest from 1 lemon
1 teaspoon Spirulina powder
Blend all ingredients in a powerful blender (such as the Vitamix Blender) until smooth. If not sweet enough, you can add your sweetener of choice such as dates, honey, or stevia powder to taste.
3 tablespoons raw honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon Spirulina powder
Mix all ingredients together and use as you would regular honey by drizzling it on fruit, putting it in your tea, cereal . . .(etc.).
Spirulina Seasoning Salt
4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon Spirulina powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
Sprinkle this seasoning salt over air popped popcorn, kale chips, steamed veggies, baked potato . . .(etc.)
Simple Spirulina Salad Dressing
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Spirulina powder
Juice and zest of ½ lemon
Sprinkle of garlic powder and cayenne pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together and pour over your favorite salad. Some people make the dressing without the lemon juice and zest, so you can experiment with what you like best.
I like to buy my spirulina powder in bulk here*
Although Spirulina is an acquired taste, I hope these Spirulina recipes will give you the courage to try it! And please do share your favorite Spirulina recipes below.
May 21, 2012 11 Comments
If the number one question Vegans get asked is: “Where do you get your protein?”, then the number 2 question is: “Where do you get your calcium?”
So I decided to make a list of some Vegan sources of calcium and then came up with three simple calcium rich raw recipes.
Deciding to supplement or not is definitely something you will need to discuss with a qualified medical professional according to your needs and this article is not meant to substitute professional medical advice.
That being said, here is a list of some Vegan sources of calcium, according to http://whfoods.org:
Excellent sources: spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens, collard greens
Very good sources: blackstrapp molasses, Swiss chard, kale, basil
Good sources: romaine lettuce, celery, broccoli, sesame seeds, cabbage, summer squash, green beans, garlic, Brussel sprouts, oranges, asparagus, leeks, crimini mushrooms, kelp
Go here for a full list of vegan and non-vegan calcium rich foods.
I would also like to add moringa powder to the list of excellent sources. If you haven’t heard of it yet you can look it up on wikipedia here.
I decided to whip up some really simple calcium rich raw recipes with the foods listed above. Then I looked up the calcium content in the USDA nutritional database to give you the total calcium content of each recipe. (With the exception of moringa powder where I used the formula of 601 mg of calcium per 30 grams using this chart http://www.moringaleafpowder.co.za/analysis.html and used the conversion of 8 grams = 1 rounded tablespoon moringa powder.)
Calcium Rich Recipes
Calcium Rich Smoothie
Blend the following until smooth:
2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice 55 mg
2 ripe medium bananas 12 mg
1 rounded tablespoon moringa powder 160 mg
Total Calcium Content: 227 mg
Calcium Rich Green Juice
5 large stalks celery 130 mg
4 cups chopped collard greens 104 mg
1 bunch spinach 337 mg
5 medium apples 55 mg
1 lemon 22 mg
Total Calcium Content: 667 mg (estimate because the calcium values were for the foods before they were juiced)
Calcium Rich Fruit Salad
Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
2 cups oranges peeled and chopped 144 mg
2 cups mangos peeled and chopped 36 mg
2 tablespoons ground sesame seeds 88 mg
1 tablespoon blackstrapp molasses 41 mg
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon 13 mg
Total Calcium Content: 322 mg
To put things into perspective here is a recommended daily allowance chart for calcium uptake:
1 – 3 years old 700 mg
4 – 8 years old 1,000 mg
9 – 13 years old 1,300 mg
14 – 18 years old 1,300 mg
19 – 30 years old 1,000 mg
31 – 50 years old 1,000 mg
51 – 70 years old 1,000 mg
51 – 70 year old females 1,200 mg
71+ years old 1,200 800
14 – 18 years old, pregnant/lactating 1,300 mg
19 – 50 years old, pregnant/lactating 1,000 mg
I personally put moringa powder in my smoothies, always have ground sesame seeds available to sprinkle on fruits, salads, soups . . . (etc.) or available to add to nut milks, drizzle blackstrapp molasses on porridges, fruit, or put it in my tea, and I drink at least 32-64 ounces of green juice everyday. You can also incorporate calcium rich greens into your green smoothies, salads, soups, or simply steam them.
Some other important things to know about calcium uptake, according to http://whfoods.org:
– High intakes of sodium, caffeine, or protein cause an increase in the urinary excretion of calcium.
– Vitamin D accelerates the absorption of calcium from the gastrointestinal tract.
– While research studies confirm the ability of phytic acid and oxalic acid in foods to lower availability of calcium, the decrease in available calcium is relatively small.
For even more information about calcium intake on a Vegan diet I recommend you listen to this interview by Dr. Klaper MD. The topic is: “Secrets to Preventing Osteoporosis”. He will discuss:
– Which foods put your bones at risk?
– When are x-rays and bone density tests deceptive?
– Which exercises keep your bones strong and which don’t?
– Besides calcium, which other nutrients are critical to strong bones?
– Does fluoridated water strengthen your bones or deteriorate them?
– The shocking “reverse correlation” between milk consumption and osteoporosis
– Why bone density test results are NOT a true indicator of osteoporosis
Normally, only students of The Vegetarian Health Institute have access to this interview. But I’ve arranged complimentary access for you too. To listen to the recording (or download it), click here now:
May 17, 2012 7 Comments
I commonly get asked how to make green smoothie recipes that don’t taste, well, green. I can sometimes sense the fear in their voices, as if they are afraid to make a mistake and create a green mushy concoction that tastes like tar!
Okay so maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but there is definitely a little trepidation when it comes to taking the green smoothie plunge! I take a no holds barred anything goes approach to making green smoothie recipes, but there are a few basic guidelines I abide by to make sure that my husband will drink his every morning (i.e. it has to taste good!). To learn my green smoothie basics, so that you can take a tasty walk on the wild (greens) side, watch the video below and let me know what you think:
Click here if you can’t see the green smoothie recipes video above.
If you want to delve a little deeper into the art of green smoothie making consider checking out Cecilia’s Green Smoothie Challenge Recipe Ebook.
Have a Great Day!
October 4, 2010 1 Comment
I made this amazing wheatgrass juice recipe with the Omega Vert Juicer after my friend Novalee brought me over a huge flat of wheatgrass. We were having some fun in the kitchen and made this short video of how to make a wheatgrass cooler. Both of us were surprised how good the juice tasted, because (truth be told) I’m not a fan of straight wheatgrass juice. If you’re like me, and don’t like to chug wheatgrass straight up, you’ve got to try this winning recipe!
1 large cucumber or 2 medium cucumbers (Any variety will do but we used Armenian Cucumbers in the video)
1 peeled orange
small handful fresh basil leaves
1 inch knob ginger
3 fistfuls of wheatgrass or desired amount
Juice all ingredients through the Omega Vert Juicer or another single auger style juicer. Enjoy!
*Best to drink juice on an empty stomach
Click here for more info on one of the most versatile juicers on the market, the Omega Vert!
September 22, 2010 6 Comments
Chances are you already know how to make almond milk (if you’ve been around raw foods for awhile), but if you don’t, then enjoy this video where I show you how to make almond milk with my new favorite large 1 gallon nut milk bag! If you’re already an almond milk pro, then fast forward to the end of the video where I show you how to make a blueberry carob almond milk elixir.
If videos don’t tickle your fancy, click here for step by step instructions with pictures on how to make almond milk.
And of course, click here for the best nut milk bag on earth:) IMO
Blueberry Carob Elixir
1 cup almond milk
handful of blueberries
1 date pitted and chopped
1 teaspoon carob
1 teaspoon Maca powder
1 teaspoon blue green algae
seeds from 1 vanilla bean
pinch stevia powder
Blend in the blender until smooth for an antioxidant immune boosting pick me up!
Any good almond milk recipes you’d like to share? Please share them in the comments section. Thx!
September 2, 2010 2 Comments