Saturday, October 8, 2011

Green Superfood

I like smoothies.

You might already know that. I shared some of my favorite smoothie recipes here. Looking back, these were fairly sugary smoothies. Lately, I've been enjoying almond milk (instead of fruit juice) and frozen bananas instead of berries.

Tangent: Speaking of frozen bananas, if you want to try it yourself, but peel a banana and throw it into a freezer bag. It's ready to pull out and throw into a smoothie at any time. You can slice it first, but I just freeze them in halves. If you leave them in the peel, the peel will turn black but the banana inside should still be good.

Anyway I still throw a cup of spinach in every smoothie I make, and I probably always will. It's a great way to get a dose of the nutrient-heavy green, and you really can't taste it. Plus I find I always have lots of energy after I eat a spinach smoothie.

So I started thinking about other greens that I can throw into my smoothies. I tried broccoli, but the taste didn't disappear completely like it does when I use spinach. I tried kale, which clogged my blender (it's pretty dense stuff). It had a bit more flavor than the spinach, and it's more expensive at my grocery store.

Finally I tried an odd green powder called Amazing Grass Green Superfood, and it quickly won me over. I don't think this should be a replacement for real greens, but it is definitely a great way to sneak in some more nutrients.

It’s a powder with 30 calories per serving. But check out what’s inside:

the green stuff:

  • wheat grass
  • barley grass
  • alfalfa
  • spirulina
  • spinach
  • chlorella
  • broccoli
  • acai
  • maca
  • carrot
  • beet
  • raspberry
  • rose hips
  • pineapple
  • green tea
  • acerola cherry
  • flax seed powder
  • apple pectin fiber
digestive enzyme and active culture/probiotics:
F.O.S. (from chicory root)
L. Acidophilus, Alpha and Beta Amylase,
Protease, Lipase, Lactase, Cellulose

That’s pretty impressive. It even has probiotics. We ordered from Amazon, so it was around $20 for 30 servings, but I’ve also seen it at our local GNC for similar price. They make a few different flavors (chocolate, berry), but we buy the original.

I first tried it in smoothies and liked it, but then I decided I could use it by itself in a quick shake before work. Weekday mornings, I am often running around trying to catch my bus on time, which means I don’t have a lot of time to prepare a balanced breakfast. Or any breakfast. Before discovering the Green Superfood, I often skipped breakfast all-together and just ate a mid-morning snack at work. Not good. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Fortunately it's easy to throw some Green Superfood in a shaker bottle (see photo below) with some almond or coconut milk, and out the door I go.

Anyway I should probably explain why I like this stuff so much (besides the convenience). After just a few days of drinking a Green Superfood shake each morning, I started to notice how energized and focused I felt. I was more productive at work and had more energy throughout the day. I don’t think it’s a coincidence - I think I’m starting my day off right with some great nutrients.

I also had an unexpected side effect. This stuff has, in a way, changed my tastes. I used to crave things like soda and sugary foods. But now I don’t find those things appealing at all. Instead, I actually find myself *craving* vegetables, which is kind of crazy for me. After doing some googling, I found that several other people posted similar reviews. It’s magical! And at roughly 67 cents a day, I’m going to keep buying it and continue drinking it each morning.

I'm glad I tried it, but I have to admit I was hesitant to order without trying it since some reviews mention it doesn’t have a pleasant taste. I actually find it’s not too bad. It has an earthy flavor, sort of reminds me of the taste of green tea extract. And it definitely grows on you. You can mix it with water, throw it into smoothies, or mix it with milk. As mentioned, I like to mix it with coconut milk because I like the flavor combination. Sometimes I use almond milk and throw in some raw cocoa powder to make it more chocolately. I just use the Hershey's stuff:

I should mention, you can also easily mix the green powder in with your regular protein powder, if you're looking to beef it up. It's pretty versatile, and I find it fun to experiment with.

Of course now I'm curious about other green/vegetable powders. So comment below if you have tried any.


Sarah (Mrs. Ruffled Flats) October 8, 2011 at 10:11 AM  

Awesome post! All last year during my senior year of college, I would have a frozen berry, milk, and spinach smoothie for breakfast. It was delicious and so healthy! Now, to save money, I eat at work which is one of its perks, but my husband and I are always looking for ways to be healthier. I used to put a huge pile of spinach on my daily lunch sandwiches at work, but they rarely have spinach anymore. :( However, my husband and I work out together and make protein shakes every time we do. I'm going to look into this product to add to our protein shakes because it sounds awesome!

Thanks for sharing it!

Marie October 8, 2011 at 7:18 PM  

I've been looking for something like this! Thanks for sharing, I think I'm going to ahve to try it!

rustbeltrebel October 11, 2011 at 2:39 PM  

Every morning for the last year. We use Ben Kim's Greens, Vitamin C, one banana, hemp powder, almond milk, Greek yogurt and raw chocolate sometimes to mix things up. Good stuff!

Those frozen bananas are also really good with peanut butter, almond milk, raw chocolate and a touch of honey. It's like a milk shake without all the bad stuff. Great for after a long hike or workout.

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