9 Raw Food Recipes with Chlorella
By: Brandi Black, RHN
1 October, 2016 by
9 Raw Food Recipes with Chlorella
Sun Chlorella USA

Every time you eat a raw food, you're giving your body what I call "bonus health and wellness points.” This is because raw foods are the most pure form of nutrition on the planet. A raw food is considered a living food, full of digestive enzymes, phytonutrients, fiber, antioxidant vitamins and minerals that also helps detoxify the body.

When raw foods are heated above 118° F they begin to lose some of their nutritional content, especially enzymes. The enzymes in raw foods are crucial to our health and wellness, as they help us digest, absorb and assimilate the nutrition from our diets. Enzymes allow us to produce energy and have good cellular and gut health, which prevents toxicity, illness and disease. This can explain why many people who follow a raw food diet report higher energy levels, natural weight loss and a reduced occurrence of illness, including colds and flus.

Encouraging raw foods is not to say you must stop what you're doing and begin following a raw food diet. Simply adding one or two raw foods to your diet each day can make a drastic improvement in your health and wellness, and requires minimal time and effort.

Raw Food Recipes With Chlorella 

Since chlorella is a living food, it is also best eaten raw to avoid depleting it's valuable health benefits. While chlorella can be added to different dishes (raw and cooked), the life-giving nutrients chlorella is known for, may be reduced when exposed to high temperatures.

One of the most exciting health benefits of chlorella is the nutrient called Chlorella Growth Factor, or CGF. Chlorella is the only known food to contain Chlorella Growth Factor, which provides energy at a cellular level, as well as nucleic acids for cellular repair and regeneration. It would be a shame to risk losing such a valuable nutrient to your body by exposing it to high temperatures. This is one of the reasons why adding chlorella to raw food recipes is so beneficial- you don't miss out on any of chlorella's life giving nutrients.

If you're ready to have healthier cells, improved digestion and real energy that no cup of coffee can compete with, try pairing chlorella with raw foods. Here are 9 delicious ways to use chlorella in raw food recipes.

Note: To add chlorella to raw food recipes, simply use 3g of Sun Chlorella powder or crushed Sun Chlorella tablets.

1. No Bake Desserts 

Be warned: Pairing the natural sweetness of raw superfood ingredients (such as cacao powder, dates, lime, coconut, honey and coconut nectar) with chlorella in no-bake dessert recipes can become addictive. (And that's okay, because you're getting tons of enzymes, antioxidant vitamins and minerals in the process!)

Chlorella can be used in no bake desserts such as chocolate chlorella avocado pudding or added to the tangy filling of mini key lime avocado mint tarts.

2. Zucchini Pasta 

Zucchini noodles, also known as "zoodles” are the famous raw vegan pasta alternative. Being extremely low-carb, and full of fiber, enzymes, phytonutrients, organic vitamins and minerals, zoodles are the perfect food for an "all you can eat” buffet.

You can make a raw pasta sauce for the zucchini noodles using herbs such as basil, sundried tomatoes, garlic, peppers and any other vegetable you feel like adding to the mix. You can then top the raw pasta sauce with Sun Chlorella powder to receive all of the health benefits.

Zucchini noodles can be easily made using a veggie spiralizer or a mandolin, which can be found online or at several retail stores. Veggie spiralizers can spiralize carrots, beets and squash too, so don't be shy when experimenting with different types of raw "pasta” noodles!

3. Energy Balls 

Raw energy balls are extremely easy to make, and provide nutrition in a convenient snack. The base ingredient of energy balls is dates, and you can customize the remaining ingredients depending on your taste preferences.

A few popular raw energy ball ingredients include walnuts, almonds, raw cacao powder, cinnamon, ginger, lime and coconut. All of these flavors happen to pair perfectly with Sun Chlorella- especially the lime and coconut!

To make raw energy balls, all you need is a food processor or Vitamix® electric food blender, spoon, parchment paper and a baking sheet.

Add the dates, Sun Chlorella and other ingredients to your blender and pulse until a sticky batter forms. Scoop out the mixture by the spoonful, and with clean hands, roll into balls. Place each ball on the baking sheet and allow to set in the fridge for a few hours. You now have the perfect afternoon pick-me-up!

4. Salad Dressings 

Have you ever thought of blending Sun Chlorella in with a salad dressing? And I'm not referring to the commercially prepared salad dressings that contain high amounts of refined sugar and trans-fats. You can make your own raw salad dressings at home in less than 3 minutes, and customize them using any flavor that suits your mood.

Simply choose a few ingredients, and add a few splashes of filtered water until the dressing reaches your desired consistency. Typically, a raw food salad dressing will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 3 days.

A few ingredients to consider for raw food salad dressing combinations include:
-Tahini (ground sesame seeds)
-Sun Chlorella Powder
-Raw Honey
-Citrus (lemon, lime, orange)
-Apple Cider Vinegar
-Coconut Aminos or Wheat Free Tamari
-Herbs: dill, cilantro, parsley, basil, mint
-Spices: turmeric, coriander, cumin, oregano
-Berries: cranberries, raspberries, blueberries
-Dijon mustard
-Hemp seeds

 5. Virgin Cocktails

A raw Sun Chlorella cocktail? Yes, you can!

Virgin cocktails can be made raw using blended fruit and Sun Chlorella. Just like the salad dressings, you can choose a flavor combination to suit your mood and mix and match ingredients.

By using a raw juice as the base (such as pineapple, orange, citrus, cucumber or berry) you can make refreshing lemonade, mojito or blood orange margarita. Stir in Sun Chlorella, garnish with an herb such as mint or basil, serve in a cocktail glass and add a few ice cubes. Cheers!

 6. Juices

One of the easiest ways to get the nutrients from raw foods and Sun Chlorella is in fresh, raw juices made from high water content fruits and vegetables. You don't necessarily have to own a juicer to make juice.

You can also make juice with a high speed blender, such as a BlendTec or Vitamix® electric food blender.

Simply add extra water until the consistency is like that of juice, rather than a smoothie.
Here are a few delicious juice combinations to inspire you:
Pineapple + Pear + Mint + Sun Chlorella
Raspberries + Papaya + Cucumber + Sun Chlorella
Kiwi + Green Apple + Spinach + Sun Chlorella
Blueberries + Romaine + Celery + Pineapple + Sun Chlorella

7. Smoothies 

Another easy and delicious way to get the health benefits of raw foods and chlorella is to make smoothies. There's nothing better than a rich, creamy smoothie for breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up. You can also make "smoothie bowls” by adding less water to the smoothie so it thickens enough to be eaten with a spoon. You can either blend in or sprinkle Sun Chlorella on top.

Here are a few delicious smoothie combinations to inspire you:
Banana + Avocado + Mint + Spinach + Sun Chlorella
Pineapple + Kiwi + Mango + Kale + Sun Chlorella
Blueberries + Chard + Papaya + Avocado + Green Apple + Sun Chlorella

8. Soup

Although the traditional way of serving soup is heated, raw soups are just as delicious and can be the perfect way to cool down on a hot day.

Raw soups can be made as flavorful as you desire, with herbs such as turmeric, coriander, cumin, oregano, cilantro, dill, parsley, cayenne pepper and chives. You can also add garlic, pure sea salt, pepper and ginger for extra flavor. Perhaps the best thing about raw soups is that you can get creative with the vegetable combinations you choose and customize the flavors based on your mood.

Many raw soup recipes combine fruits with vegetables too, such as parsnip and apples. Feel free to experiment!

Avocado, mushrooms and nuts and seeds can be used to make a creamy base. Depending on the type of soup you choose, you may wish to blend Sun Chlorella in with the soup base or sprinkle it on top. Since Sun Chlorella is green in color, it's known to change the color of any dish it's added to.

9. Dips 

Raw food dips are extremely easy to make, and encourage you to eat even more veggies. Just like the rest of the raw food recipes we've mentioned, you can make dips to suit your flavor preferences and either blend in or sprinkle Sun Chlorella on top.

You may prefer a raw pesto with walnuts and basil or a sesame dip with raw sesame seeds, sesame oil, lemon and garlic. You can also make raw hummus without the chickpeas (which aren't a raw food), instead using lemon, tahini, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil and garlic.

As you can see, improving your health and wellness doesn't just involve taking nutritional supplements and drinking water. It's far more exciting than that. You get to be the creator of your health in your kitchen by creating delicious raw food and raw food recipes with Sun Chlorella.

About Brandi Black, RHN
Brandi Wagner is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist from Vancouver, B.C. Experiencing her own health challenges at a young age led her to become passionate about educating on the healing properties of food, and how to achieve hormone balance, clear skin and sustainable weight loss naturally. In her spare time you'll find Brandi writing in her blog and hanging out with her teacup chihuahua, Coconut.

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