Raspberry Spirulina Juice

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Ingredients:

2 apples (Braeburn or Fiji)
1 orange
1 cup of fresh raspberries
1 teaspoon of Spirulina

Today I was in the mood for something a little different. Berries and apples are sweet and tasty and combined with a strong citrus you won’t even notice the earthier taste of the Spirulina.

Chop the apples and orange to fit your juicer. Remove the seeds but you can leave the apple skin and the pith, or white part, of the orange; that’s where the extra vitamins are! Juice the fruits, add the berries whole.

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After juicing, add the Spirulina and mix thoroughly. I usually put the juice in a glass container, so then I give it a good shake to combine.

So what is Spirulina?

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Spirulina is a superfood! It is actually a cyanobacteria, a type of plant algae that gets energy from the sun. It is rich in chlorophyll, protein and nutrients.

Spirulina has one of the highest levels of protein and amino acids as well as iron and omegas. It is one of the best ways to get these nutrients. The chlorophyll will also help your immune system and help clean toxins from your blood.

Wikipedia lists these other vitamins and minerals:
“Spirulina contains vitamins B-1(thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3(nicotinamide), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is also a source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and zinc. Spirulina contains many pigments which may be beneficial and bioavailable”

That is why it is such a superfood! A lot of bang for just a little powder. It is unlike any other plant with its high concentration of goodness that is also very easy to digest!

Studies have gown that Spirulina helps create the flora bacteria needed in your digestive tract that help fight other “bad” bacteria which can create infections.

If you’ve taken omega 3 in a fish oil and are now a vegan or vegetarian, you can take Spirulina or flax seed oil. In any case, where do the fish get there omegas from? Spirulina and other plants/algae!

Don’t be turned off by the color or by the plant like smell. I promise that combined with the sweetness of the fruits in this juice, you will not notice the powder! An if you are still skeptical, add a bit less and ease yourself into it!

Another great way to get into Spirulina is in bars. There are a few raw bars that have this ingredient and they are really tasty! They are readily available at health food stores and delis!

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As always citrus is a great immunity booster and the raspberries are good for your skin and eyes! Studies are also showing that these berries can create enzymes which help to burn fat by helping your body absorb different elements.
Be sure to choose organic fresh and fully ripe berries as they pack a higher content of nutrients!

I would recommend this juice to boost up your energy and as a part of a cleanse it is great mid-day as a healthy juice lunch or as an addition to a light lunch when your just looking for a healthy drink to go with your wrap or sandwich.

Enjoy your juice!

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