Posts Tagged Raw

Better Than Cherry Spirulina Smoothie

Spirulina, cherry, spinach smoothie

As a teenager, my orthodontist created a mold of my teeth using seaweed – disgusting.  I seriously thought I was going to die from gross-ness.  Who in their right mind would voluntarily put seaweeds or algae in their mouth by choice?  Yes, I was once a seaweed/algae pessimist.

My seaweed/algae pessimism came to an end when I began researching foods that contained high levels of iron and iodine – essential nutrients for the body.  The health benefits shocked me – I had no idea that something so disgusting could be so amazing.

My favorite ways to consume Spirulina is in my green smoothies, Green Vibrance Protein Powder, and Spirulina tablets.


spirulina shake recipe


Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is cultivated from oceans and lakes.  Good for the brain, heart, and immune system, Spirulina supports the immune system, healthy inflammatory responses, and protects against oxidation.  The high iodine content found in Spirulina supports a healthy thyroid and provides relief to those struggling with iodine deficiencies.

Spirulina has also been used to successfully help individuals struggling with depression, asthma, hypertension, digestive problems, skin disorders, fatigue,  stress, and attention deficit disorder.  Spirulina is often considered a complete protein and contains more protein that soy, more iron than beef, and more vitamin A than carrots.  Spirulina is a super-food that your body needs.


cherry spinach yogurt and spirulina shake

Better Than Cherry Spirulina Smoothie

1 cups vanilla yogurt (be sure to select a yogurt that is free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, and/or artificial flavors)
1 cups frozen cherries
1/2 cup agave nectar
Two large handfuls of spinach
1/16 – 1/8 tsp. Spirulina  (remember to start small and build your way up)
Milk (almond, soy, rice, dairy, etc.) to desired consitancy


Place all ingredients in your Vitamix (or high-powered blender) and blend until smooth.  Pour into cups with fancy straws.


Cherry Spirulina Spinach Smoothie

Put your feet up and smile.  Welcome to the Spirulina optimists club.

How To: Use Chia Seed as an Egg Replacement

Chia seeds are my culinary boyfriend. I love these little “poppy-seed-look-a-likes” in a way that I have never been able to love a flax seed. Unlike a flax seed, chia seeds are readily absorbed by the body in their natural state – which is pretty darn awesome if you ask me. And you want to absorb these little seeds because they contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, complete proteins, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.

I enjoy sprinkling chia seeds on a banana, adding them to a batch of oatmeal, and using them as an egg replacement. Chia seeds have an amazing ability to bind with other foods – which is super helpful if you are struggling with constipation, diarrhea, inflammatory bowel syndrome, or irritable bowel syndrome. Chia gel promotes a healthy digestive tract with it’s mucilaginous gel that encourages bulkier stools and regularity – calmly.

As I mentioned earlier, you do not need to grind chia seeds to release their nutritional qualities, but I have found that when creating an egg replacement it works better if your chia seeds are a fine powder.  Grind those little chia seeds with a coffee grinder into a fine powder.

The chia powder is going to look something like this:

Now combine 1 Tablespoon fine chia powder with 3 Tablespoons liquid.  I prefer the consistency of chia seeds with a dairy-free-milk-alternative…. but you can judge that for yourself.

Allow your chia-milk-concoction to set for two to five minutes because it is going to turn all gooey.

How To:  Use Chia Seed as an Egg Replacement

  • 1 tablespoon of finely ground chia seeds in a coffee grinder.
  • 3 tablespoons liquid (I recommend soy milk, rice milk, or coconut milk)

Mix together and allow it to sit until gooey – approximately two to five minutes.

When you return, you will find a lovely gooey substance.  Use as a substitute in muffins, pancakes, cookies, and breads.  Your going to love chia seeds so much that you are going to be begging me to share my boyfriend with you… and I can share, just as long as you don’t ditch your husband to hang out with your chia seed boyfriend on a Friday night.  Not a good idea.  Trust me.


Chia seeds can be found at most health food stores or conveniently online.

Pretzel Towers

Need a new snack idea?
Pretzel towers are a new favorite at our house.
The boys love stacking bananas, peanut butter, raisins, and pretzels on one another to form large sky scrapers that only monster bites can devour… while I love the fact that my boys are consuming fruit and protein with their pretzels.

Pretzel snacks are an awesome, healthy, and fun snack alternative. Build your own today!

Apple Peanut Butter Sandwich

To make your own apple sandwich, simple cut an apple horizontally and top with peanut butter and cereal.

For a healthier snack, stay away from cereal that has artificial colors and high fructose corn syrup. I only use cereal if it is accompanied with a fruit and protein, so I spend the extra money on the high quality cereal like the Kashi and TLC brands. When used in snacks like this, the cereal goes a long way.

Raw Mango Breakfast Cobbler

I absolutely love this breakfast.  So yummy.  You won’t believe its raw… and it is very good for you.  Plus, I get excited about eating breakfast out of a fancy dish.  It totally inspires me get out of bed in the morning.

"Raw Mango 2" by Circadian Wellness

Raw Breakfast Mango Cobbler

  • 1 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup pitted and packed dates
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup water
  • 1-2 mangoes
  • Cinnamon (optional)

Soak almonds in 1-2 cups water over night. In the morning, rinse almonds and place in food processor.  Add vanilla, salt, dates, coconut oil, and water – process until smooth.

Cut mangoes into small pieces.

Place nut mixture in the bottom of a bowl (approximately 1/4 – 1/2 cup) and cover with sliced mangoes.  For a bit of added flavor, try sprinkling a little cinnamon on top.

Makes 4-6 cobbler cups.

“Knock-Your-Socks-Off” Watermelon Salsa

I made this watermelon salsa for dinner a couple nights ago and served it with sucanat/cinnamon tortillas for the kids.  Not going to lie – this salsa is amazing.  I eventually gave up on the sucanat/cinnamon tortilla and dished myself up an over sized bowl of this salsa to eat on it’s own.  Don’t tell anyone but, I even ate it for breakfast the next morning.  This knock-your-socks-off Watermelon Salsa is worth the all the cutting, dicing, and preparation.  Your going to love it.

Watermelon is a beautiful fruit.  Filled with juice, you may want to drain some of the excess juice before serving.


Knock-Your-Socks-Off  Watermelon Salsa

2 cups watermelon – finely chopped and seeds removed
1/2 cup cucumber – finely chopped
1/4 cup red onion – finely chopped
1/4 cup red bell pepper – finely chopped
1/2 to 1 whole jalapeno pepper – seeded and diced finely (I skipped this)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro – finely chopped
1 Tablespoon fresh basil – finely chopped
2 Tablespoons raw honey
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
tortilla chips for dipping

1.  Combine watermelon, cucumber, onion, peppers, cilantro, and basil in a large bowl.  Add honey and lime juice and stir to coat.
2.  Chill for at least half an hour in the refrigerator – if your patient.  I ate my immediately.
3. Serve with tortilla chips, sucanat/cinnamon tortillas, or if you are like me you can enjoy it solo.


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