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Blueberry and Lemon Smoothie


by Marla Murphy December 29, 2014

Ahh Monday morning after the holidays and I hate to be the scrooge this year but I am ready for my normal routine!! There is something I just love about new beginnings and refocusing on the new year ahead but before we completely trail blaze into 2015 here is one photo from my husband and I at Christmas! I hope everyone had a great Holiday! IMG_8710 Now onward and upward!! I am craving a heavy dose of nutrition and this recipe today is going to do just the trick!! Over the past year I have been doing a lot of research and reading on different types of natural protein because even though protein powders work, mostly all of them are not natural and are not the best way for our body to absorb protein! So it was time for me to give Spirulina a go. Spirulina is a natural blue-green “algae” (cyanbacteria) powder and can be one of the most potent nutrient sources. The Aztecs used spriulina as a food source due to its high nutrient content and ‘superfood’ qualities! Some of the best health benefits of spirulina include: anti-flammatory properties, protects the liver, antioxidant content, helps with allergic reactions, helps fight infections and boosts immune function! Forms: there are many different forms you can find including: chewable tablets, pills, flakes and powder- I prefer the powder form so I can mix it in recipes!! Nutrition benefits: Just some of the nutrition benefits are listed below-
  • Protein (50-70% bioavaible)
  • Essential amino acid and is a complete protein (great news for vegetarians and vegans)!
  • Contains Iron, Beta-carotene, GLA (gamma linolenic acid- fatty acid and known for its inflammatory properties), complex B vitamins, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, chlorophyll and selenium
  • Spirulina does have a high amount of psuedovitamin B-12 but this form of B-12 cannot be absorbed by the human body.
Things to consider:
  1. Purchase only organic and trusted brands!!
  2. Store is the freezer in a dark container to keep this powder well preserved!
  3. Spirulina in powder form does taste like it looks, a little ‘algae’ taste so when starting to use it for the first time only use a little and add a citrus fruit like lemons or oranges to help with the taste!

Now on today's nutrient-dense recipe: Blueberry and lemon smoothie!!

Blueberry and Lemon Smoothie
Serves 2
Prep Time: 5 min 
Cook Time: 1 min 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple, cubed
  • Juice from one small-medium lemon, to taste
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 tbsp of coconut water
  • 1 tsp of Spirulina (optional)
  • 1 tbsp of Goji berries (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, besides the Goji berries and blend until smooth, if needed add more ice.
  2. Top with Goji berries if desired and enjoy!
calories: 100
fat: 0g
protein: 2g
carbs: 26g

 

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That deep blue color is from the blueberries and the Spirulina!

IMG_8739 Do you use Spirulina in your pantry? If so I would love to hear how you use it!! Love, Marla


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