You all know I love my green smoothies. What makes smoothies even better are the amazing superfoods you can add. What do I blend on a daily basis into my smoothies? Once blended you can’t tell. So time for a superfood spotlight. Today I will share one of my typical (morning)smoothies. I normally use whatever I feel that I need most. Some days that would be more hempseeds, other days mulberries or lucuma.
Superfoods are a very easy way to get some high nutrients into your body. Nutrients that our bodies need, but don’t receive (enough). Superfoods have received attention the last years with exotic and unfamiliar names such as goji berries, lucuma, carob, raw cacao nibs, dragon fruit, noni juice, mulberries, camu and much more. So what makes a food super? Any fruit or vegetable has amazing health benefits. However, they’re some out there who should get an A+ in the nutrient density department. Yet all these difficult names may be a little bit intimidating. What do I need? How will it taste? Why do I need it?
Let me guide you through what goes into a random green superfood smoothie.
My very first superfood were goji berries. I started eating them almost 10 years ago. It was said that these bright colored berries are great for longevity and popular for their anti aging effects. And of course, the taste also helped to get addicted. But there is more to these little berries. They have a healing strength. These berries are high in antioxidants and amino acids. However, the real strength lies within their more than 20 vitamins and minerals. In Asian cultures goji berries have been used for centuries to strengthen eyesight, fight against viruses and balance hormones.
Again, this superfood is tasty. I can eat this straight out of the bag. These cute yellow pollen helped me to get rid of my hay fever. Halleluja. That is a big thing, since my allergy was serious. I’ve tried everything ever since I was a little kid, but these eventually helped me to get rid of the allergy. However, bee pollen is wonderfully effective against a wide range of respiratory diseases not just hay fever. Also, bee pollen is a great natural energizer. The carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins can help keep you going all day. In a lot of products bee pollen are added to treat inflammatory conditions and common skin irritations like psoriasis or eczema. The amino acids and vitamins protect the skin and aid the regeneration of cells. Bee pollen also supports the immune system and is rich in antioxidants that protect the cells from the damaging oxidation of free radicals.
In addition to all the vitamins, minerals and protein, bee pollen contains enzymes that can aid in digestion. Enzymes are our life force.
Oh how I hated the smell and taste of maca. And from one day to the other I got used to it and maca and I are friends now. Not best friends, but we get along. So why did I continue adding maca while I actually didn’t like the smell and taste of it? Maca is such a true superfood. I will add this superfood in smoothies whenever I feel cold (autumn/winter) or need more energy or stamina.
This plant root (turned into powder) is filled with vitamins, minerals (vitamin B1, B2, B12, vitamin C, E and protein), potassium, plant sterols, and so on. This equals more energy, strength, and stamina. I believe this one might be the most powerful of all superfoods. Maca powder is also known for it’s effectiveness in improving sexual function in both men and women. Two or more teaspoons per day will already do. For more info on maca click here (with a recipe as well).
Although fresh is always best, wheatgrass powder is always better than skipping wheatgrass at all. And although I love my slowjuicer and I love juicing wheatgrass, sometimes you just need to run out of the door and be so efficient as possible. There it is: wheatgrass powder. If I had to live with only one type of green for the rest of my life, it would be wheatgrass. I’m in love with wheatgrass (not kidding). The health benefits are endless. Here are just a few:
Best sources of living chlorophyll (when fresh)
Helps to purify the liver
Neutralizes toxins in the body
Wheatgrass juice can dissolve the scars that are formed in the lungs from breathing acid gasses
Wheatgrass juice is an effective healer because it contains all minerals and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, l and K. It is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids
Wheatgrass juice helps to keep the hair from graying.
Wheatgrass juice improves the digestion.
Wheatgrass juice is great for blood disorders of all kinds
The high magnesium content in chlorophyll builds enzymes that restore the sex hormones (it is said that sterile cows and bulls are put on wheatgrass to restore fertility)
And there is more!!!
Again tasty and sweet! And oh so healthy! As said before fresh is best. But no way I can get myself some fresh organic ripe papayas during winter in Amsterdam. The power of powder! Papaya is a source of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid. Papaya is also loaded with minerals such as potassium and magnesium. This sweet sticky powder might also protect against colon cancer. The digestive enzyme in papaya powder are great to treat sports injuries, other causes of trauma and allergies. Papaya powder is also useful in preventing illnesses such as ear infections, colds and flu. Did I mention it’s sweet?
Here they are again the champions of seeds, chia seeds.
This is a green smoothie staple. These super seeds are good for your brains with their high content of omega fatty acids that increase healthy brain function, but have also proven to be good for your heart by fighting high cholesterol and heart disease. And of course they have a wide variety of nutrients, such as protein, fiber, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, iron, calcium and antioxidants. More on chia seeds here (with a tasty recipe).
Now it’s time for me to blend this bowl of health!
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