Why I love Spirulina

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Spirulina is a blue-green water algae and is considered one of the worlds most nutrient dense super foods. It has so many amazing health benefits and according to the University of Maryland Medical Centre it is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids, antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. It contains nutrients, including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid). Source: Spirulina | University of Maryland Medical Center.

I’m not a health professional but, as a part-time vegetarian and someone who really doesn’t eat meat very often, I wanted to make sure that I was getting enough iron and protein in my diet. Spirulina was recommended to me and then I became aware of all of the other great benefits.

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In her book Joyous Health, Holistic Nutritionist Joy McCarthy, explains that spirulina is a complete protein, it balances blood sugar, contains energizing b vitamins and is blood building and detoxifying. McCarthy, J. (2014). Joyous health: Eat and live well without dieting.

For more health benefits of spirulina check out Wellness Mama’s Spirulina Herb Profile.

I always feel more energized when I add spirulina to my green juice or green smoothie. Joy McCarthy reccomends Greens + O by Genuine Health. I’ve been using the Organika brand from Planet Organic recently but, I’ve also heard that Mountain Rose Herbs carries quality stuff. You have to be careful when purchasing spirulina because it can be contaminated with toxic substances and there is some concern, especially with the Fukushima disaster.

You can also purchase spirulina in tablet form. I prefer adding it to my morning smoothie and to green juices.

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You can add about a teaspoon of spirulina to any smoothie or juice recipe, really. I would caution adding too too much as it doest have quite a pond water flavour.

Green Juice Recipe with Spirulina

Juice the following:

2 green apples

About 5 stalks of kale or collards

About a tsp of ginger

Half a lemon

3 stalks of celery

Add a tsp of spirulina

You can blend after to make sure the spirulina is mixed completely or you can just stir it in.

Pesto Pasta

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Pesto is my favourite dinner go-to. Last night my friend and I whipped this up. It’s so easy, healthy and I think it looks really pretty too!

I used this recipe except I swapped the kale for spinach and parsley and included some hemp seeds. Mixed the pesto into the pot of warm pasta noodes, whatever type of noodles you prefer. Topped with some parmesano romano, hemp seeds, raw pumpkin seeds and sautéed grape tomatoes on the side.

The wine is Castilla Tempranillo – Domino De Punctum Lobetia – organic (Spain). A smooth and a not too full bodied red with sweet notes from red berries, it paired nicely with the parsley flavour in the pasta.

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This recipe is fast, easy and can be used on sandwiches, as a dip and it can be frozen for future uses. Enjoy!

A few blogs I’m currently into

I remember a journalism professor I had always emphasizing that in order to become a better writer, you had to read good writing.I would say the same applies generally to blogging.

I always enjoy reading other blogs and people are so creative! It’s always great to read posts that really inspire you and help to generate your own ideas.

Here are a few local blogs that I am currently reading:

Yuppie Love 

This blog, by local lifestyle writer/blogger, Kait is a beautiful site dedicated to gorgeous design, dotted with great travel posts. If you are a design enthusiast and you want more of a local take, this is the blog to read! The writing and the photos are seamless and there is definitely something for everyone! Check it out and be inspired!

PS Love Mecoh

I love stumbling upon other local bloggers. It is so great to be able to read local writing and find common ground with others. This site by local blogger and new mommy, Mecoh is a wonderful read and the photos are just so darling! It is a cute glimpse into her life and is super relatable. This blog covers not only her life but things that are really important to her and I find that really inspiring.

Velvet and Vino 

My favourite YYC fashion blogger, Velvet and Vino. This site is absolutely stunning. Her photos are gorgeous and it is such a nice daydream to scroll through all of her travel photos.

Home to Heather 

This blog covers it all. Recipes, health, lifestyle, kids, decor, local events. It’s a great all encompassing “mommy” type blog that still has something of interest to everyone.

A Healthy Mess 

I love finding like-minded people on the internet… and local ones are even better! This site offers great recipes, travel stories, make-up tips and, I think it is a site that has posts that a lot of twentysomethings can relate to.

Weeknight Recipe: Vegan Vegetable Medley with Tahini Sesame Sauce

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I just love how versatile this recipe is. It’s super fast to prepare and great as leftovers.

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The Veggies:

A mix of green veggies: I used asparagus, green beans, collard, mushrooms and zucchini.

I also added some sesame garlic tempeh.

Sauteed lightly in coconut oil – leaving the vegetables still crisp.

The Sauce:

1 tbsp of tahini

1 tbsp of almond butter

1 tbsp of tamari

1 tbsp of sesame oil

A pinch of salt and pepper

A pinch of red pepper flakes

A small squeeze of lime

Minced fresh ginger

Finish with julienned or grated carrot, sesame seeds and hemp seeds.

Serve with rice, noodles or quinoa.