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2017_March_Herb&-Spice_Spring-Into-Health_WEBBannerOrganic Spirulina Powder

Spirulina is a unique blue-green algae and one of the world’s most concentrated sources of nutrients, rich with chlorophyll, beta-carotene, protein, iron, and amino acids. Grown in mineral-dense waters in natural sunlight, this superfood is a great addition to smoothies, yogurt, and chocolate, or sprinkled on popcorn.

Unicorn Latte

Try this therapeutic tonic before meditation or yoga to invigorate your senses and to open your mind.

Ingredients:

3 cups milk/milk alternative of you choice

1 vanilla bean, insides scraped out

½ teaspoon ginger powder

2 ounces lemon juice

1 tablespoon Spirulina Powder (or to taste)

1 tablespoon maca root

3 Medjool dates

Spirulina powder, bee pollen, beet powder, and lavender flowers to garnish

Method:

Gently heat milk until steaming hot. Blend hot milk, vanilla bean, ginger powder, lemon juice, maca, dates, and spirulina in a high-speed blender until well blended. Pour into cup and garnish with spirulina, bee pollen, beet powder, and lavender flowers.

Green Cream Drizzle

Drizzle this green cream on fruit, oats, or rice cakes for extra protein and nutrients to start your day off right.

Ingredients:

1-3 teaspoons Spirulina Powder

2-4 tablespoons Tahini

½ cup Honey or Maple Syrup

Method:

Whisk together honey and spirulina until well blended. Add tahini a tablespoon at a time. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


Elderflowers

Elderflowers offer a delicate floral flavor that is used to flavor food and beverages. They have also been used as a diuretic and to treat the common cold. Try pairing elderflowers with elderberries for an extra immune boost!

Elderflower Cordial

Try this floral, citrusy cordial mixed with water or sparkling water in a 1:3 ratio for a refreshing beverage. You can also use this cordial in various cocktails or in other nonalcoholic drinks such as tea.

Ingredients:

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

1/4 cup dried elderflowers

1 lemon

1 ½ teaspoons citric acid powder

Method:

  1. Bring the water and sugar to a boil over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and let this simple syrup cool.
  2. Wash and slice lemon and place in a sealable glass jar along with the elderflower and citric acid powder. Pour in cooled simple syrup, seal, and shake. Store in the refrigerator for a minimum of 24 hours (and up to 72 hours, if stronger flavor is desired).
  3. Strain your cordial through cheesecloth into your desired container. (A French press also works great to strain.) Store in a sealed glass container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

Elderflower Vinaigrette

This floral vinaigrette will spruce up any salad in no time! It also makes a lovely sauce for chicken or fish.

Ingredient:

1/2 cup elderflower cordial

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

2 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tsp honey

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake until everything is well incorporated. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.