ask the nutritionist: greens

For those of you intrenched in the whole Co-op shopping, carrot-juice drinking lifestyle you are probably very familiar with greens.  I go through phases of taking “the greens” but never quite knew the benefits, except that it was good for me.  I think this happens a lot, we know that eating certain things are good for us but we might not know the power of the foods we eat.  Well, greens are very powerful so I suggest that you start a greens-taking regimen!

 picture by JulianVH

Alfalfa: provides calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, Vitamins A & C, thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.  

Kelp: rich source of vitamins and minerals including iodine 

Spirulina: high in protein, can help improve immunity, lower cholesterol, and stabilize  blood sugar

Chlorella: helps protect from damaging chemicals 

Wheat Grass: source of chlorophyll, Amino Acids, minerals and vitamins

Green Tea: contains catechins which may help prevent cancer and tumors, also a powerful antioxidant 
So now that you know all of the benefits of greens, how do you get them?
Here are my two favorites: 
Naked Juice Green Machine: In addition to almost three apples, 1/2 of a banana, 1/3 of a kiwi, 1/3 of a mango and a hint of pineapple, here are the greens inside: spirulina, chlorella, broccoli, spinach, blue green algae, garlic, barley grass, wheat grass, ginger and parsley.  After typing this I realize that it sounds absolutely awful but I promise, this juice is delicious!  And yes, the juice is green.
Amazing Grass GREENSuperFood: This is a powder that you can mix with juice – I have done a mix of juice and water but am totally not brave enough to do straight water…..Anyway it contains 5 different blends that really do make for an Amazing Superfood:
Green Food Blend: Wheat Grass*, Barley Grass*, Alfalfa*, Spirulina*, Spinach*, Chlorella, Broccoli*     *denotes Organic ingredients
Antioxidant Blend: Acai*, Maca*, Carrot*, Beet*, Raspberry, Rose Hips, Pineapple, Green Tea, Acerola Cherry
EFA Fiber Blend: Flax Seed Powder*, Apple Pectin Fiber 
Digestive Enzyme & Active Culture Pre & Probiotic Blend: F.O.S. (from chicory root), L. Acidophilus, Alpha and Beta Amylase, Protease, Lipase, Lactase, Cellulase
Energizing Herb Blend: Siberian Eleuthero Root, Peppermint 

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