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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Best Boosters for your Green Smoothie!

Boosters are a great way to sneak in added nutrition to your green smoothies.  They are quick and easy, and by blending them you are able to hide their taste, I'm talking to you spirulina and maca!

1.  Flaxseeds and Chia seeds-  Both are a source of healthy fats, antioxidants, and fiber.  Flax is full of manganese, vitamin B-1, and lignans.  Studies show it may help fight heart disease, diabetes, and breast cancer.  Chia seeds deliver maximum nutrition for little calories.  Two benefits chia has over flax is that you don't have to grind them to be able to efficiently absorb the nutrients, and they are very shelf stable.  (I always freeze Flaxseeds, but Chia is fine in the pantry for a year, or longer).  Chia absorbs up to 12 times it's weight in water, which fills you up and keeps you full.  It is full of calcium, fiber, protein, as well as numerous antioxidants.  I also love Hemp seeds, which offer similar benefits, but I love them so much that I top my non-dairy yogurt  with them, to better enjoy the taste and texture. 

2.  Green Tea & Matcha Green Tea Powder - I switch off between these two, depending on what I have on hand.  If you are using green tea bags, brew a cup while you prep your fruits and veggies, then use that as the liquid (you may need to add ice to bring the temperature down).  I throw Matcha green tea powder in if I don't have time to brew tea.  Between the two, matcha powder gives you more bang for your buck, nutritionally speaking.  It is equivalent to 10 cups of green tea, ounce for ounce.  Matcha contains the amino acid L-theanine, which is know to relax the mind.  Both green tea and matcha are brimming with the potent phytochemical EGCG, which is linked to brain and heart health, anti-cancer properties, and let's be honest, my favorite weight loss.  What a great boost to your smoothie!
3.   Maca Powder - Not to be confused with Matcha powder, Maca is a  powder made from a Peruvian root.  You need to exercise a little caution with Maca, as too much of it can throw your hormones out of whack.  I think of it as an every once in awhile booster.  Why should you consume Maca?  It is good for balancing your hormones (as long as you don't use too much!), alleviating PMS symptoms as well as boosting fertility, increasing athletic stamina, relieving depression, decreasing skin sensitivity to extreme temperatures, increasing overall energy, speeding wound healing time, and is a good source of iron.  Whew!  That's a lot of benefits. 

3.  Spirulina & Chlorella (or Blue-Green Algae) -
Blue-Green Algae is a superfood.  Both spirulina and chlorella are types, they have a lot of similarities but also a lot of differences.  Either one you choose is a boost to your health.  They are natural foods that grow in lakes and ponds.  I usually add spirulina to my smoothie.  A little goes a long way and it can be an acquired taste, so start small.   It is rich in iron, magnesium, calcium, protein (containing all essential amino acids), and GLA fats, as well as being a known cancer fighter.  It is also a source of copper, potassium, chromium, selenium, and zinc.  Both have wonderful health qualities, but spirulina is thought to be better absorbed by the body. 

4.  Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)-  This vinegar has been used for ages and claims a long list of health benefits.  To be clear, you need to find the brands that contain "the mother" - pure filtered ACV sold in the cooking aisles will not do the job!  The mother is the by-product of the fermentation process, and contains a host of benefits that are said to be cleansing and purifying to your body.  Be sure to shake it up first to evenly distribute the floating "Mother" particles.  It has anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties, thanks to it's malic acid.  (Which also is effective for dissolving uric acid in joints, alleviating pain).  Drinking a teaspoon two times a day can help stiffness go away.  I add a tsp. to my smoothies often.  Alternatively, you can drink some first thing in the morning, diluted in a full glass of water.  Add stevia to sweeten if you don't like the taste. 

5.  Wheat grass is a wonderful addition to your smoothie.  Unfortunately, unless you have a masticating juicer, fresh wheat grass will not get broken down enough for your body.  That is why I use the powder.  It also has a strong taste, so start with a half a scoop at first.  Pineapple is excellent at hiding the taste of wheat grass.  So why add wheatgrass?  The benefits are almost too many to name.  Wheatgrass:
  • is alkalizing
  • removes toxins from your blood
  • is full of enzymes that do numerous functions in your body
  • slows the aging process
  • freshens breath
  • increases energy levels
  • is thought to reverse graying of hair
  • is used for treatment of cancer
  • oxygenates the blood
  • contains B-12, all essential amino acids, and a host of other nutrients
  • aids in weight loss by increasing metabolism
  • lowers blood pressure

Throw one of these boosters in your next smoothie and begin reaping the benefits today!


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