Now for what I personally use...
|Bee Pollen, Hulled Hemp Seeds & Spirulina|
|Flax Seed & Chia Seed|
|Soaking my flax & chia seeds (I do this for about 1 minute+)|
Some of you are probably looking at all these ingredients and going "Seriously Tiff?!?". I know, I take it to another level :) Here's a great site to explore. It's a raw food site but it has some really great info.
Here's a quick break down of each "super food":
Spirulina- This is a dried algae powder or you can get it in capsle form. A little goes a long way. 1 tsp equals approx 3-4 servings of vegetables. Be warned though that it has a "seaweedy" smell. You cannot taste it once it's mixed in, but the smell surprised me the first time I opened my jar. Here's a great article with more in-depth info...
Bee Pollen- "Bee pollen contain more than 96 different nutrients, including every single nutrient that you need to live. It's made up of 40% protein." -http://www.thebestofrawfood.com/super-foods.html
I added local bee pollen in an attempt to alleviate some of my allergy issues and because of it's high nutrient content. Currently I'm adding 1/2 Tbs to my daily smoothie.
Hemp Seed- Hemp is a high protein seed containing all nine of the essential amino acids (like flax). It also has high amounts of fatty acids and fiber as well as containing vitamin E and trace minerals.
Read more here.
Flax Seed- This one is a little more mainstream :) Flax seed is high in most of the B vitamins, magnesium, manganese and fiber. You can use whole seed or ground. If you shop at Costco you can buy a large bag of ground flax seed for under $5. The ground flax is convenient for cooking or adding to smoothies. Additional reading here.
Chia Seed- The nutritional benefits of chia include fiber, omega fatty acids, calcium, antioxidants and protein. More on the subject here.
Wheat Grass- "Wheatgrass contains most of the vitamins and minerals needed for human health. It's a whole meal and complete protein with about 30 enzymes. It has up to 70% chlorophyll (which builds the blood). It's an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc."-thebestofrawfood.com
I hope this clarifies WHY I use all of these super foods in my smoothies. If you are just starting out, I recommend the ground flax seed and spirulina. I feel like those two additions will provide the biggest bang for your buck.
Finally, I'll touch quickly on the protein powder. I really like the MRM brand because it's sweetened with Stevia and not artificial sweeteners. I read lots of labels before settling on this brand. One scoop contains 85 calories, 18 g of protein and 1 g of sugar.
The beauty of smoothies, in my opinion, is that you can vary your ingredients and get a ton of nutrition all at once.
So there you have it folks! Super foods and power smoothies...
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