5 Healthy Mother's Day Recipes

By: Brandi Black, RHN

Making your mom a delicious, nutrition-packed breakfast to support her health and wellness on Mother's Day is one of the best ways to show her you care.

French toast, eggs, and bacon are classics for Mother's Day brunch- but why not create a new Mother's Day tradition for someone you love by making a breakfast with energizing superfoods, such as chlorella?

Chlorella is an ideal ingredient to include in any recipe (especially raw food recipes for optimal absorption) because of its powerful health benefits. This single-celled green algae is often referred to as an amazing green superfood because it naturally promotes energy production, natural body detoxification and cellular repair and regeneration- all thanks to a unique nutrient called Chlorella Growth Factor, or CGF.

If you often hear your special someone saying she wishes she had more energy, or is tempted to buy another skin cream for healthy skin, she may just fall in love with the health benefits of chlorella. Aside from the beauty benefits of CGF, chlorella also contains several vitamins, minerals, fiber, healthy fats and plant protein, which makes it a sound ingredient for maximum nutrition and natural wellness.

If you're in search of delicious ways to delight your mom (or any important person in your life) with chlorella this year, we've got you covered with 5 healthy Mother's Day recipes. Not only are these recipes sure to please her tastebuds, but her cells will appreciate the health benefits, too!

Sun Chlorella Banana Pancakes

If you've heard Jack Johnson's "Banana Pancakes”, now's the time to put on the banana pancake song and make magic in the kitchen! These banana pancakes are light and fluffy, and have a hint of chlorella for a superfood nutrition boost.

Serves 2

Ingredients
- 1 large ripe banana
4 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- pinch pure sea salt
- ½ cup dry rolled oats
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp (3g) Sun Chlorella Powder 

optional toppings: extra banana slices, strawberries, coconut yogurt, almond yogurt, almond slivers, walnuts, pure organic maple syrup, coconut nectar, unsweetened shredded coconut

Method
1. Place all ingredients except coconut oil into a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Heat coconut oil over medium heat in skillet.
3. Once coconut oil is melted, pour pancake batter into skillet. Allow to cook for roughly 2-3 minutes, or until the edges start turning golden brown. Flip and let cook for another 1-2 minutes. Repeat.
4. Serve and enjoy!

FroYo Raspberry Coconut Chlorella Bites

These frozen yogurt raspberry coconut chlorella bites are the perfect refreshing healthy sweet treat for Mother's Day. This recipe calls for raspberries, but can be substituted for any of mom's favorite fresh fruit. The fiber from chlorella, fruit and coconut in this recipe all help detoxify the body naturally.

Yield: 6 FroYo Cups 
 
Ingredients
- ½ cup almond meal
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
1.5 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1.5 tbsp unsweetened, shredded coconut
1 tsp (3g) Sun Chlorella Powder 
- 1 cup plain organic Greek yogurt
- fresh mint to top (optional)

Special equipment required: 6 cup silicone muffin tin or regular 6 cup muffin tin with silicone liners, or parchment paper to avoid sticking.

Method
1. Place muffin tin liners in muffin tin. In a mixing bowl, stir together almond meal, shredded coconut, melted coconut oil and coconut sugar. This is your "crust". Divide even amounts between each muffin tin.
2. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients except for the chlorella and mint. Divide even amounts between each muffin tin.
3. Top each cup with fresh raspberries and a sprig of mint for garnish.
4. Allow to freeze in the freezer for 6-8 hours.
5. Serve when you're ready to eat them and enjoy!

Tropical Punch Chlorella Smoothie

A creamy, refreshing green smoothie with a tangy, tropical kick will help mom start off her Mother's Day with plenty of energy.

In addition to protein, antioxidant vitamins and minerals from chlorella, this chlorella smoothie also contains the skin-brightening healthy fat, avocado and herbs such as parsley to promote gentle detoxification. All ingredients in this recipe are also natural immune system boosters.

Servings: 2

Ingredients
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 1 handful spinach
1.5 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
1 tbsp unsweetened, shredded coconut
- 1 cup coconut water
½ avocado
1 tbsp parsley
¼ of a large cucumber
1 tsp (3g) Sun Chlorella Powder 

Method
1. Wash and chop all vegetables and place in blender.
2. Add coconut water and chlorella and blend until smooth.
3. Add small splashes of filtered water to reach desired consistency.
4. Drink immediately and enjoy!

Raspberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding 

Chia seed pudding is one of the quickest and easiest superfood breakfasts to make. So if your time is limited to prepare something healthy for your special someone this year, this Raspberry Mint Chia Seed Pudding recipe may be perfect for you. Just be sure to prepare it at least 8 hours before serving. While the recipe only takes a few seconds to put together, the chia seeds do need time to soak and form a jelly-like "pudding” texture.

Chia pudding stays fresh in a glass, airtight container for up to 3 days, so this healthy breakfast recipe can be made in advance if necessary.

Servings: 1
 
Ingredients
- ¼ cup whole black or white chia seeds
- approximately 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk (enough to completely cover chia seeds)
- ¾ cup fresh raspberries, whole or blendedfew sprigs mint, chopped
- ½ tsp Sun Chlorella granules
- 1 tsp coconut sugar, coconut nectar, raw honey or Sun Wakasa Honey Plus
- shredded coconut to top (optional)

Method
1. Place chia seeds in glass container or mason jar.
2. Cover chia seeds with milk of choice.
3. Mix in chlorella, chopped mint and sweetener of choice.
4. Allow to sit in the fridge for 6-8 hours, or until chia seeds are thick and jelly-like in texture. If topping with blended raspberries, blend ¾ cup raspberries in blender until a jam starts to form. Add a few splashes of water if necessary to reach desired consistency.
5. Stir mixture and top with raspberries and coconut and extra mint if desired.

Enjoy!

Fruit Kebabs with Chocolate Chlorella Dip 

You can't go wrong with fruit kebabs- especially when they're so easy to customize with your mom's favorite fruit. These kebabs go one healthy step further by adding a superfood chlorella chocolate dipping sauce on the side.

The best part about this recipe is that it's hassle-free and quick to make- and involves chocolate, but of course. 

Special equipment required: kebab skewers

Servings: 3-4

For the kebabs:
Fruit of your choice. Here are some ideas: banana slices, kiwi slices, melon slices, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, mango chunks, watermelon, cherries, peaches.

For the chocolate chlorella dip:
- ½ cup melted coconut oil
½ cup raw cacao powder
1 tsp (3g) Sun Chlorella Powder 
1 tbsp coconut sugar

Method
1. Slice and wash fruit (if necessary) and place one by one on kebab skewers.
2. Heat coconut oil in skillet on medium heat.
3. Once melted, stir in raw cacao powder and coconut sugar, until chocolate sauce starts to form.
4. Once your chocolate sauce is ready, remove from heat and stir in Sun Chlorella Powder.
5. Serve in small bowl, alongside fruit kebabs. Enjoy!

If you're still in search of chlorella recipe inspiration, why not take a peek at Chlorella in the Kitchen recipe book? Our raw food recipe book features over 20 raw chlorella smoothies, soups, juices, desserts, pasta dishes and sauces that make adding chlorella to your diet effortless and delicious.

Chlorella pairs well with any recipe, but is best consumed with other raw foods to allow its life-giving nutrition to be optimally absorbed.