Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesdays with Erika: Getting my Greens

Today's Workout:
6 mile run

Did you know that April 30th is Honesty Day? In the spirit of this holiday, I will confess that I don't eat enough veggies. I'm a big advocate of eating healthy and consuming as much fruits and veggies as possible, but the truth is that I don't eat nearly as many veggies as I should. No need to fret my friends because I have discovered a solution for this!

Have you ever heard of spirulina and chlorella? Spirulina is a blue algae that contains a plethora of vitamins, minerals, proteins and amino acids. It helps fight viruses and it boosts the immune system. Other benefits include:

  • Anti-inflammatory (good for runner's muscles).
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-oxidant (helps remove free radicals in the body).
  • Anti-cancer properties

Spirulina comes in powder form and capsules.
 
 
 
Chlorella is a green algae with large amounts of chlorophyll. Chlorella contains zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamins C, E and B12, phosphorus and vitamin A. Other benefits include:
 
  • Aids the immune system.
  • Helps fight bacteria and viruses.
  • Removes toxins from the body.
  • Cancer fighting properties.
  • Balances pH levels.
  • Aids in digestion.
 
 
Chlorella, like spirulina, comes in powder form and in capsules.
 
 
Here are some tasty spirulina smoothie recipes:
 
 
 
Papaya Spirulina Smoothie
1 teaspoon spirulina powder
1 papaya
1 lime juiced
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Ice as needed
Directions:
Blend in your blender until smooth and enjoy!

Spirulina Banan-er Smoothie
1 banana
1 ½ teaspoon spirulina powder1 ½ cups milk – you can also use almond milk
1 tablespoon honey
½ cup yogurt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Ice as needed

Directions
Blend in your blend until smooth and enjoy!


Double Protein Smoothie
1 cup frozen strawberries or blueberries
1 banana1 scoop protein powder
1 ½ teaspoons spirulina powder
Ice as needed

Directions
Blend in your blender until smooth and enjoy!


Here are some chlorella smoothie recipes:

Green Goodness
8 oz apple juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ tablespoon chlorella powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Ice as needed

Directions
Blend in your blend until smooth and enjoy!


 

The Rejuvenating Chlorella Smoothie
1 cup fruit juice
1 banana
½ cup blueberries
1 teaspoon chlorella powder
Ice as needed

Directions
Blend in your blender until smooth and enjoy! The Ultimate Very Berry Chlorella Smoothie
1 banana
½ cup strawberries
½ cup raspberries
½ cup blueberries
1 carrot1 teaspoon chlorella
1 sliver of ginger
1 cup apple juice
Ice as needed

Directions
Blend in your blend until smooth and enjoy!


ENJOY!
 
 
Do you eat enough veggies?
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8 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness if I don't eat massive amounts of greens every day I feel so strange! Lol! I can eat an entire container of salad mix with kale by myself and be happy :) This weekend we were staying with friends and they made us a delicious dinner of BBQ'd chicken, scallops and a beautiful green salad with tons of veggies, and all I kept thinking was: I could eat that entire bowl meant for 6 people with a little chicken on top and that'd be my perfet dinner!

    Your spirulina recipes look good! I LOVE Vitamineral Green, which is a raw green powder that has a ton of different green veggies in it. Maybe I'll try some of those smoothies with it! You should try it... it as a much broader range of greens than the spirulina alone. I make a big jug mixed with water and chia and drink a few cups a day :)

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  2. So you only add the Vitamineral Green with water and chia? How does that taste?

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  3. I love greens! Seriously anything green is good to go in my book. I do love spirulina, too. I think I must try adding ginger to a berry smoothie. I love ginger and I love berry smoothies, but why have I never done this before??? Thanks for the ideas!

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    1. Hmmm ginger... That actually sounds really good. I'll try that too.

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  4. I think I get enough greens, by I am intrigued by these greens that you mentioned. I have seen those as ingredients in those "Green/Superfood juices" and always wondered what they did. Thanks for the info!

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  5. Give it a try. I think you will likes =)

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  6. I definitely do not eat enough veggies. I'm really intrigued by these algae... I wonder if there is any research out there that shows how well humans metabolize the vitamins from these algae vs normal multivitamins.

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    1. Brittany I'm not sure if they have conducted research on that. I suppose so, but I would have to look into it...

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