So after over indulging all weekend (see cookie fiasco – yesterday’s post), eating non-vegan pizza and non-vegan ice cream Saturday night and gaining a little weight back, I decided it was time to clean out my body and reset or reboot it.
So I had an organic Spirulina Fruit Shake this morning and organic quinoa, sweet potato, celery, greens, zucchini and onion for lunch. Lots of filtered water, organic herbal teas and maybe an organic mango later.
Spirulina is a type of algae and 1 tsp. purportedly has the benefit of 5 servings of fruits/veggies. It does not substitute for eating 5 fiber rich, nutrient dense plant foods but it is high in complete protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, chlorophyll (it stains very green), phytonutrients, elements and powerful antioxidants.
According to research, spirulina and most blue green algae from non-toxic water environments, improve the immune system, the body’s performance and endurance, it eliminates metals and toxins while also thinning blood, breaking down blood clots and preventing atherosclerosis.
In this homemade detox shake I used frozen organic mixed berries and some frozen banana I had peeled and thrown in the freezer last week when the fruit seemed too overripe to eat comfortably. Mashed, overripe bananas work well in vegan pancake and baking recipes, also. Strawberries are an especially helpful berry because they contain ellagic acid which also neutralizes toxins. The banana and lemon juice cleanse the digestive tract. No need for ice cubes when you use frozen fruit. Try freezing coconut water in an ice cube tray and adding coconut water ice cubes to your shakes instead of plain water for flavor variety. You can do this with watermelon juice, or any other flavored water with juice.
2 cups frozen organic mixed berries
1 frozen organic banana, cut previously in pieces
1 tsp. raw organic spirulina powder
1 cup water
stevia to taste
2 Tbs. fresh organic lemon juice