Ever wonder why green smoothies have become so popular? It’s because green vegetables and super foods are packed with nutrients, antioxidants and easily digestible vegetarian protein. Finding healthy and easy recipes is the best way to incorporate plenty of greens in your diet.
Kale – One cup of kale contains only 33 calories, yet it is packed with 206% DV of vitamin A, 134% DV of vitamin C and 684% DV of vitamin K! It is also an excellent source fiber and made up of 16% vegetarian protein. Consuming kale will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to prevent snacking and cravings in between meals.
Avocado – This green super food may help you fight heart disease and high cholesterol. Avocado contains vitamin B6 and folic acid, two nutrients that help lower homocysteine levels. High level of homocysteine is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Avocados are also rich in a compound called beta-sisterol. Research suggests that beta-sisterol helps to lower cholesterol.
Spirulina and Chlorella – Spirulina and Chlorella are two microalgae super foods that are loaded with nutrients. Like kale, Spirulina and Chlorella provide the body with the nutrients it needs to prevent snack cravings throughout the day. These green super foods are an important source of easily digestible vegetarian protein. Spirulina is made up of 65-70% vegetarian protein and Chlorella is made up of 60% vegetarian protein.
Green Coffee Beans – Unroasted, green coffee beans contain a beneficial antioxidant called chlorogenic acid. This antioxidant restricts the amount of glucose released into the body, forcing the body to burn fat for energy. Chlorogenic acid gets completely destroyed when these beans are roasted to create coffee. The best way to get this antioxidant is with an all natural extract derived from the unroasted beans.