How To Include Green Superfoods Into Your Daily Diet

 
16-Feb-2011 by

 

Green superfoods in your daily diet can make up for innumerable lifestyle related nutrient deficiencies. Green superfoods are the easiest and most convenient way of compensating for the heavy use of chemicals in order to grow vegetables faster, fatter, bigger and cheaper.

What is a superfood? A superfood is a relative name; they are super in relation to foods that are part of a standard commonly known western diet. They are foods that were typically consumed in traditional ethnic cultures for years that are superior sources of essential nutrients both in terms of quality as well as quantity. Their superiority is mainly founded in the growing concerns of other foods that are raised on depleted soils and lack a vast majority of essential nutrients. Examples of superfoods that are steadily gaining popularity are wheat grass, barley grass, spirulina, goji berries and wild blue-green algae. For evidence in numbers, consider the following. Spirulina, a cultivated micro- algae, contains 70% protein. A steak contains 25% protein when cooked. Barley grass has 11 times more calcium than milk, 5 times more iron than spinach and significant amounts of vitamin B12 which is the single biggest controversy about a vegan diet i.e. that vitamin B12 can be found ONLY in animal products.

Incorporating green superfoods in one’s daily diet is to be done mostly in form of salads and juices. They are best consumed uncooked and cooking them can significantly reduce their goodness and even taste. The convenient aspect about green superfoods is that their high concentration in nutrients reduces the prescribed amounts of intake drastically. In order to get nutrients worth three pounds of organic vegetables from wheatgrass it suffices to drink just two ounces of its juice. On a daily basis you could ideally substitute your mid-morning snack with a glass of wheatgrass juice. Wheat grass juice is made by juicing together a few greens with wheatgrass, for example celery, cucumbers, spinach and wheatgrass is a common recipe.

Here are some interesting recipes you can play around with in order to take advantage of some green superfoods.

  • A wonderful tasting guacamole dip with spirulina can wipe out the harm done by dipping a tortilla chip in it. Combine two avocados, a chopped onion, the juice of one lemon, salt, pepper and other powdered spices of your choice and blend for 30 seconds until smooth and thick and stir in some spirulina powder. Use the guacamole as a dip for chips or as a salad dressing.
  • Baked chips with spirulina: Slice potatoes to chip thickness and toss in very little olive oil. Pop it into the oven and bake until just crisp. Meanwhile combine paprika, garlic powder, cumin powder, soy sauce and spirulina in a bag. Put the baked potatoes in the bag and give it a shake. Your spirulina chips are good to hit the road!

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