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Allie Mason is the founder of The Health Mason, a
website aimed at empowering women to live healthier, more nutritious, and well-balanced lives. Allie is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, blogger, and recipe developer, who believes that eating "clean" doesn't need to be difficult or depriving. It is all about balance. Her passion for health and wellness fuels her drive to find simple solutions to eating well, and live a life based on holistic foundations.

Power Greens: The Scoop on Algae & Some Algae-Rich Recipes

Power Greens: The Scoop on Algae & Some Algae-Rich Recipes

When you think algae, do you think of the green (literal) scum floating at the top of a pond? Mmmmmm, appetizing. But yeah, by algae, I mean green pond scum. Did you know that algae is incredibly beneficial for your health? Of course, I don’t recommend taking a dose of the floating green algae on top of a pond, definitely do your research, and find a company that sources their algae-products sustainably. I like to add a little spirulina, chlorella or a few drops of chlorophyll to my green smoothie. Here’s why you may consider adding it to yours:

Spirulina:

  • Excellent source of protein (50-70% protein by weight)
  • Rich source of antioxidants (helps fight free-radicals). Antioxidants produced due to blue-green pigment called “phycocyanin”.
  • Full of vitamins and minerals (vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, vitamin K, potassium, vitamin B5, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, copper, iron, etc.)
  • Helps regulate blood pressure
  • Boosts the immune system
  • “The best ‘whole-food’ source other than human milk” -Pitchford, Paul. Healing with Whole Foods; Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition. Edition 3. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books. 2002.
  • Best when consumed in tablet or powder form

Here is my go-to spirulina brand. As always, please reach out if you have a go-to brand you love!

Chlorella: (A fresh water algae)

  • Helps rid the body of toxins and heavy metals (such as lead and mercury). It has been known to eliminate metals in the body 7x faster than without chlorella.
  • Immunity boost: green is GOOD! Helps prevent colds and other illnesses.
  • Increases energy naturally—helps body regenerate energy quickly by giving the body essential nutrients
  • Can help prevent cancer by increasing white blood cell counts
  • Great source of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals
  • Best when consumed in tablet or powder form

I love the chlorella from my local juice bar.

Chlorophyll:

  • Full of amazing vitamins and minerals (rich in vitamins A and C)
  • Can aid in weight loss by controlling cravings. Chlorophyll helps stabilize blood sugar levels.
  • Assists the body in eliminating heavy metals
  • Promotes healthy iron levels—great for women!

My favorite chlorophyll comes in liquid form. I like to add it to a glass of water and chug it first thing in the morning.

Also check out this Blue-Green Protein from Moon Deli

 

Clean Green Detox Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ c almond milk (or dairy-free milk of choice)
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 1-2 handfuls of greens (kale, spinach, microgreens, etc.)
  • ¼ avocado
  • ¼ c frozen mango or peaches
  • ¼ tsp spirulina
  • ¼ tsp chlorella
  • 5 drops of liquid chlorophyll
  • 1 scoop of protein powder of choice (optional)
  • 1 scoop of Vital Proteins collagen peptides (optional)

Prep: Blend all ingredients together in high-speed blender until well incorporated. Feel free to add a bit more liquid if your blender is struggling a bit.

Homemade Spirulina Salad Dressing (yes, I’m serious)

Ingredients:

  • ¼ c extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • ¼ c apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp Dijon mustard or spicy brown mustard
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp spirulina powder
  • ½ tsp organic hemp hearts
  • ¼ tsp honey (optional)

Prep: Mix well in a blender or with a mortar and pestle. Blend until hemp hearts have broken down. Drizzle on top of your favorite salad, or use it as a pasta salad dressing, or a spread on a sandwich!

Sources: 

Curried Cauliflower

Curried Cauliflower

Homemade Coconut Milk & Coconut Flour

Homemade Coconut Milk & Coconut Flour