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Recipe: Spirulina Detox Smoothie
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Recipe: Spirulina Detox Smoothie

Mmmm, prokaryotic microorganisms.

What I am talking about here is what we more lovingly refer to as super Spirulina!  If you have visited us here at Hacienda and taken part in the 7 or 14 Night Juice Cleanse Program, you will have come to know this blue-green algae well as it is served as one of the 6 daily juices.  Menlha has long touted the health benefits of this food, and we are lucky to have a local supplier right here in Costa Rica! And while I am not usually one to brag, I will say that our Spirulina is the best tasting you will find anywhere in the world!

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When found in organic form, Spirulina is a wonderful nutrient-rich food.   A very high source of plant-based dietary protein (up to 60% protein to be exact) as well as a plethora of of B-vitamins, essential fatty acids, and iron, Spirulina is also a powerhouse producer of chlorophyll.  This phytochemical that gives plants its green pigment is considered key to in the detoxification process.  Chlorophyll is rich in magnesium in a form very similar to how it is found in our own blood. The body has the ability to convert chlorophyll to hemoglobin by changing just one little molecule of magnesium into iron. Diets rich in chlorophyll essentially flush and replenish our blood! Or perhaps I should say cleanse our blood. It has also demonstrated the ability to reduce the damage from carcinogenic substances, have antioxidant effect in the body, and it assists in proper digestive health.

Want to get your daily dose of this good stuff the way we do?  It’s as easy as whizzing up a blender full of our hydrating Morning Spirulina Drink!

Morning Spirulina Drink

  • 1 cup pipa (aka fresh coconut water)
  • 1 tablespoon of spirulina
  • ¼ cup frozen coconut meat
  • ½ teaspoon bee pollen
  • ½ teaspoon maca powder

Combine all ingredients in high powered blend and blend until smooth.  Serve over ice for a refreshing and revitalizing start to your day!

Bee Pollen:  Produced by honeybees, bee pollen is the food of the young bee. It is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods.  It contains nearly all the nutrients required by humans. Bee-gathered pollens are rich in proteins, free amino acids, vitamins, and folic acid.

Maca: Maca root is an adaptogenic food, or a substance that assists in keeping up with the body’s natural rhythms to help rebuild weak immune systems, re-mineralize poorly nourished bodies, and increase energy and endurance.  Maca has also been known to help improve mood and reduce the symptoms of anxiety or fear.  You can find it in most health food stores.

Interested in joining us for our 7 Night Juice Detox? Check out our retreat calendar for upcoming dates!