Monday, September 16, 2013

Vegan MoFo #6 Spirulina All in My Shake

Hi Friends!

   I hope you had a wonderful and germ-free weekend!  I've noticed that many people around me are coming down with colds or viruses and so I'm doing my part to strengthen my immune system.  Although I find it super fun to make the sign of the cross with my fingers while simultaneously backing away slowly from a germy person, there are other more effective ways to ensure that you stay as healthy as possible during cold and flu season.

   My all-time favorite go-to immune booster is Oil of Oregano.  I love that stuff and use it almost all the time.  It's so effective in warding off illnesses that sometimes I swear it works even when I'm just thinking about taking it.  If you haven't tried it yet please pick some up the next time you are near a natural food store.  You will be glad you did when everyone around you is coughing and sneezing, I promise!  Oh, and it tastes exactly how it sounds... like oregano.  In fact, once you've taken it you'll swear you just ate a plate of pasta.  No joke.

   My other favorite go-to is Spirulina.  I love it in my smoothies and tend to overdose on it sometimes.  Last week I was sprinkling it on my salads as well!  If you are new to Spirulina, start off slow as it can play havoc with your stomach.  Not in a bad way, you would just be uncomfortable for a while until your body gets used to it.  So start with a 1/4 tsp for a week or more and then increase the amount.  I usually have between 2-3 teaspoons a day and sometimes up to 2 tablespoons depending on if I feel I need an extra immune boost.
  Spirulina is extremely high in chlorophyll and calcium, and contains B vitamins, as well as Vitamins A, C, D, and E.  Plus, it's a great source of potassium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc.  And if that's not enough, it's also super high in protein.  If any food deserved the word super in front of it, spirulina would be it!

     My absolute favorite way of using spirulina is in a green smoothie.  Here is my current smoothie mix obsession (actually I think it's been my obsession for over a year):

Liquid Sunshine!
Tropical Citrus Mango
Serves 1
1/2 - 1 cup coconut water
2-3 cups greens (spinach, kale, romaine, etc)
1 cup mango, frozen
1 banana, frozen
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp spirulina
handful of sprouts (optional)
vanilla protein powder (optional)

Add all of the ingredients in the order listed to your high speed blender and process until smooth.  Pour in a glass and drink with a straw!

Happy Monday everyone!

Ves xx


  1. Oregano oil works great! But it is a bit strong. I also like olive leaf extract the taste is not as intense.

    1. Thanks for the comment! I agree that it can be strong but I think I've been taking it for too long that the taste doesn't bother me. I've never tried olive leaf extract, though.


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