Blue Sunday 💙💙💙 I made chia pudding last night using Unicorn Superfoods blue spirulina powder. I used a 1:4 ratio of chia seeds to almond milk along with the spirulina and let it sit overnight in the fridge. I ended up with this pretty blue chia pudding which made a fun topping for my oatmeal this morning. 😍😍 Also, this spirulina doesn’t have a funky taste unlike some of the others I’ve tried. 👌 The pudding itself was flavourless since I didn’t add any sweetener. A little bit of maple or agave syrup would have been perfect. Next time!
Thank you Unicorn Superfoods 🤗 This blue spirulina is such a pretty colour!
I hope you’re having a good Sunday. 💙 We have potatoes in the oven for lunch, so today is looking good for us. 😜
B1: Maintains healthy hair,
nails and skin and aids in mental focus and brain function. -Nutritional yeast, pine nuts, soymilk, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, green
peas, asparagus, most beans, rice bran, watermelon, whole grains, macadamia
nuts, artichokes, coriander.
B12: Red blood cell production, needed for optimal brain function to prevent
depression and mania. Aids in digestion and improves iron uptake. -Fortified almond milk, fortified cereals, spirulina, vegan protein powder
and nutritional yeast. I just take a B12 tablet J
B2: Converts food to energy, maintains healthy hair, nails and skin. Aids in
mental focus and brain function. -Whole grains, almonds, sesame seeds, spinach, fortified soy milk, mushrooms,
quinoa, buckwheat and prunes.
B3: Converts food to energy, maintains healthy hair, nails and skin. Aids in
mental focus and brain function. -Chili powder, peanuts, peanut butter, rice bran, mushrooms, barley,
potatoes, tomatoes, millet, chia seeds, whole grains, wild rice, buckwheat,
green peas, avocados, and sunflower seeds.
B5: Converts food to energy, maintains healthy hair, nails and skin. Aids in
mental focus and brain function. -Nutritional yeast, paprika, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, whole grains,
broccoli, avocados, tomatoes, soy milk, rice bran and sweet potatoes.
B6: Aids in maintaining homeostasis, prevents anxiety by helping the amino acid
tryptophan to convert to niacin and serotonin for healthy nerve function. Also
helps ensure a healthy sleep cycle, appetite, and mood. Helps with red blood cell
production and immune function. - Almonds, chia seeds, peanuts, sweet potatoes, peanut butter, onions,
oats, tomatoes, carrots and walnuts.
B7: Converts food to energy,
helps reduce blood sugar by synthesizing glucose, helps make and break down
fatty acids needed for healthy hair, skin and nails. -
Almonds, chia seeds, peanuts, peanut butter, sweet potatoes, oats, onions,
tomatoes, carrots and walnuts.
Folate: Merges with B12 and Vitamin C to utilize proteins and is essential for
healthy brain development and for healthy red blood cell formation. - Spinach, beans, lentils, asparagus, lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli,
avocados, mangoes, oranges, whole grains, basil, peanuts, artichokes, peanut
butter, cantaloupe, walnuts, flax seeds, sesame seeds, cauliflower, sunflower
seeds, peas, celery, hazelnuts, and chestnuts.
Vitamin A: Keeps skin healthy, improves immune system function and aids in the
production of healthy blood and cellular function. - All leafy greens, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, winter squash,
wheatgrass, grapefruit, cantaloupe, red bell peppers, orange bell peppers, and
Vitamin C: Helps fight inflammation, improves your mood, and helps fight off
diseases and colds. Beneficial for skin, hair and nails and supports natural
collagen function in the body. - All leafy greens, all vegetables, all fruits, chestnuts, goji berries.
Oranges, lemons, limes and fortified orange juice are the best sources.
Vitamin D: Helps with bone
health, digestive health, overall metabolic health, and important in preventing
muscle weakness, cancer and depression. -
All types of mushrooms, fortified cereals, almond milk, soy milk and the sun!!
Vitamin E: Protects your skin, fights the look of aging. It’s a powerful fat
soluble antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes against damaged caused by
free radicals. Helps with cholesterol. -
All nuts, all seeds, avocado, spinach, rice bran, wheat germ, whole grains,
broccoli, mango, tomatoes, kiwi fruit, swiss chard, olives, mustard greens and
Vitamin K: Helps with blood clotting to prevent excessive bleeding. Also helps
prevent blood clots. Important for protecting our bones and prevents easy
breaks and fractures. -Kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, swiss chard, parsley, Brussel sprouts, broccoli,
cabbage, blueberries, prunes, grapes and raspberries.
Calcium: For bone building, as well as responsible for proper muscle
contraction, maintenance of the heartbeat and transmission of nerve impulses. -Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, kale,
sweet potato, chickpeas (hummus), lentils, pinto beans, black beans, kidney
beans, fortified almond milk, fortified soy milk, whole wheat, fortified orange
juice, orange and raisins.
Copper: Helps with bone and connective tissue production. Also helps produce
melanin. Without it you can cause osteoporosis, joint pain, lowered immunity
and helps absorb iron. -Kale, mushrooms, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, sesame seeds,
chickpeas, prunes, avocado, and tofu.
Iron: Needed to make proteins, such as hemoglobin and myoglobin in the blood.
It helps carry oxygen from our lungs to our tissues. Iron rich foods should be
eaten with foods high in Vitamin C to help with absorption. -Molasses,
dark leafy greens like kale and spinach, tofu, whole grains, beans, nuts and
Important nutrient for a host of regular enzymatic functions throughout your
body. Helps with energy, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, lack of energy and
fatigue, joint pain, low blood sugar, lack of concentration and PMS. -Oats, almonds, cashews, cocoa and cacao, seeds, all leafy greens, bananas,
sweet potatoes, whole grains, beans and brown rice.
Manganese: Required by the body for proper enzyme functioning, nutrient
absorption, wound healing and bone development. -Hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews,
pistachios, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sesame and flax seeds, whole wheat
bread, tofu and beans.
Phosphorus: Required for proper cell functioning, regulation of calcium, strong
bones and teeth, making of ATP, and helps with anemia, muscle pain, bone
formation and weakened immune system. -Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, Brazil
nuts, tofu, beans and lentils.
Potassium: Important mineral for the proper function of all cells, tissues and
organs in the human body. Helps with your nervous system and shin splints or
locked toes. -Lima beans, swiss chard, sweet potato, potatoes, soy milk, spinach, avocado,
lentils, pinto beans and coconut water.
Selenium: Mineral that is needed in small amounts by the body to help regulate
the thyroid hormones and support a healthy immune system. It is also an
antioxidant that protects cells from damage due to free radicals. -Mushrooms, couscous, whole wheat pasta, rice, oats, Brazil nuts, sunflower
seeds, tofu and beans.
Sodium: Needed for proper muscle contractions, nerve transmissions, maintaining
pH balance and hydration. -Everything has sodium, don’t worry about this one. If you use table salt, you
are good. (But don’t use too much or it will cause bloating). Drink lots of
water when consuming sodium. Zinc:
Helps your body with carbohydrate metabolism, efficient production of
testosterone to prevent estrogen dominance, helps enhance skin and nails, helps
enhance your sense of smell, healthy growth, healthy eyesight, wound healing
and your immune system. -Beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, oats, wheat germ, and nutritional yeast.
Superfood Green Pasta with Gremolata & Goat Cheese: Make this pasta, and make it yours. Rant and rave and rage with it. Cry through it. Sing to it. Tell it your secrets. Exalt it. Anoint it with your finest oils.
Name: Spirulina Arthrospira Brand: any Price: varies, although not cheap Type: Tablet or powder Shelf life: ~6 months Ingredients: 100% Spirulina Arthrospira
Introduction: Spirulina is a fantastic supplement for your fish (and even yourself!) found in arguably small amounts in a lot of fish food. I personally buy 100% pure spirulina tablets and use those alongside my regular feeding regimen because the fish love them.
It’s been a strange year thus far, in that I’ve been so caught up in work that the things I typically tend to most anxiously—friendships, dating, exercise, staying current with The Good Wife—have fallen by the wayside. Which is not at all to say that I no longer care about these core elements of my being (Jeffrey Dean Morgan is insanely hot; I shall never forsake him), but that the tension that usually surrounds them, the questioning, the self-doubt, the relentless uncertainty, all of that has fallen away. A welcome kind of stillness has settled around me by way of exhaustion.
I’m familiar with this myopia—it’s something I saw in my parents almost every day of my childhood from age 11 on, as they navigated the waters of being work-from-home business owners. At 13, while they discussed account management over dinner, I begged them to give us thirty minutes of each day untouched by business concerns. Even still, I noticed this same fierce penchant for entrepreneurship in myself as I grew up. I loved the challenge of building something out of nothing, I loved the rigor of standing unarmored in the world and demanding of myself that I find a way to make things work. I flinch to admit it, but I loved the risk, the danger, of being made so vulnerable.
Green. Green is home, the lush carpeting of grass beneath my body as I am seven, twelve, dreaming of falling in love, eighteen, falling in love, twenty-three, heartbroken, twenty-five, grieving, earth holding me as I learn to know myself. Green keeps me sane, calms me from the inside out and the outside in.
Hence so many of the foods we consider most nourishing: Green juice. Salads. Seaweeds. Wheat grass. Sprouts. And now…Green Ice Cream. Let me tell you a little story.
The internet is a big place, a place where it’s easy to feel like a stranger—especially when you spend your “workday” interacting with people you don’t know on virtual social media platforms. No matter how many lols, likes, winky face kiss emojis, heart eye emojis, and comments you exchange, the fact remains: The people who populate your online world are exactly that, online.
So I’ve worked hard to carve out some green oases of connection with other bloggers. Last month, one of those friends—Beau Ciolino of the genius blog Probably This—made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. He wanted to do a superfood dessert showdown.