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Vegetable Juice and Spirulina: The verdict’s in.

6 Apr

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May be my new go to drink.  Yesterday, I blogged about Spirulina and how I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Spirulina considering the reviews posted on Amazon, here and here.  I made some vegetable juice using red vine tomatoes, sunburst tomatoes, celery, carrots and kale.  I added a little seasoning.  Sample the juice.  Check. Add a teaspoon of Spirulina. Check. Blend juice well (I used a blender bottle). Check. Sample juice again. Check.

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The verdict is: my juice tasted like vegetables with and without the Spirulina.  Since I just did this roughly 20 minutes ago, I’ll have to wait and see if I feel like it has any effect on me.  Some people reported increased energy and a general sense of well being after using this supplement.  Some of the positives sound too good to be true, so I’ll listen to my body and see if it’s worth me using this supplement on a regular basis.  A pound of this dirty green stuff runs almost $30.

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(Completed product: Vegetable Juice and Spirulina)

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It’s Green, stinks, but it’s (supposed to be) good for you!

5 Apr

Spirulina that is!

In a previous post, I talked about the juicing book I bought, The Big Book of Juices, by Natalie Savona.  Some of the recipes included Spirulina. Spiru what? Spirulina.  In my research, I found out that it’s a Superfood derived from the Ocean.  What was never mentioned (until I read an Amazon review) is that it is dark green and stinks.  In this review for Spirulina powder marketed by NOW foods, it’s described as everything except delicious, great-tasting, and platable.  However, in this review, many say Spirulina can be tolerated.  Apparently, where it’s harvested has a lot to do with the flavor which makes a lot of sense.  The Spirulina I bought is harvested from waters in Hawaii.  The earlier product from Now is harvested in India and it stinks (literally, lol!)

I describe myself as adventurous, so I immediately ordered a bottle of Spirulina Powder to add as a supplement to my fresh vegetable juices.  I just got it today, so I haven’t taken it for a test drive.  To be completely honest, I’m a bit scared.  I opened it up and it looks exactly as described: dark green powder resembling algae.  I quickly put the top back on and put it in the fridge.  Now all I have to do is make some vegetable juice, mix the Spirulina and Juice using this Blender Bottle I bought, as take it all down….I’ll be sure to check back in once I’ve become brave enough to drink the juice…

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What’s your go-to natural supplement?

I’m a Certified Coffee Nut

5 Apr

Hello, my name is Jaye and I’m a coffee addict.

I just don’t feel right if I don’t start my day off with a tall cup of coffee.  Since I’m frugal, I rarely buy it while I’m out, but instead make it at home.

As frugal as I am, I’m usually drinking whatever is cheapest.  BUT, I got lucky this week.  One of the savings blogs I follow, made a post about 1/2 price coffee from Cost Plus World Market.  If you aren’t familiar with them, I would say they’re like a cheaper version of Pier One.  For all those foodies out there, Cost Plus also sells different “gourmet” items to add to your kitchen.

Now, where I’m from, I would have just hopped in my car, went to the store and picked it up.  Unfortunately, I’m 3,000 miles away from home and there’s no Cost Plus here.  In order to feed my ultra unhealthy caffeine addiction, I was forced to place an order from coffee.  Here’s a picture of some of my stash:

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I ordered 12 bags of coffee, some of them duplicates, because I have to feed my caffeine addiction I’m hoping I like them.  At roughly $2.50-$3.50/bag, I’ll take my chances.  I can’t even get Target’s brand of coffee for that cheap and I have their employee discount (shows you just how much they love their employees lol).

But wait, I didn’t explain the best part!  In addition to saving 50% on each bag, I got 10% off my order for joining their World Market Explorer Program.  The program offers 1 free bag of coffee for each 6 purchased and a $10 reward for every $100 worth of “gourmet” spending.  According to my account, I earned 4 free bags of coffee, although I think the math is wrong because they also offered double coffee rewards…how awesome, free is F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!

Can you relate? What’s your favorite coffee?