Superfoods & Juice ~ The Powerhouses of Nutrition

Updated: Nov 9, 2018

Powerhouses of Nutrition

Superfoods are a naturally superior group of foods. In order to be considered a superfood, they must be nutrient dense, yet low in calories. Also, they all have a high concentration and variety of:

-vitamins -minerals -antioxidants -phytonutrients -fiber -healthy fats -quality protein

Superfoods come in a range of forms. Some include:

Green Superfoods (such as kale, spinach, wheatgrass, and spirulina) These foods have the highest concentrations of bioavailable vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and healthy bacteria. They help to protect against disease, build immunity, improve digestive health, and build lean muscle.

Fruit Superfoods (such as goji berries, acai, raw cacao, coconut, and noni) These are especially high in antioxidants which protect the body from free radicals and oxidative stress. In turn, they help to prevent disease and cellular damage.

Herb Superfoods (such as nettle, echinacea, ginseng, and aloe vera) Herbs provide the body with essential nutrients that it can’t otherwise produce itself. These superfoods are great supplements for vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. Each herb has a different function, but they work in conjunction to rebalance and regulate the body.

The Ultimate Green Smoothie

This superfood-packed recipe serves two. All you need is a blender and passion for health!

Ingredients: 2 cups coconut water or almond milk 2 cups spinach, tightly packed 1 cup kale, tightly packed (stems removed) 1 medium avocado (skin and pit removed) 2 frozen bananas 5 dates (pits removed) 1 teaspoon Spirulina powder 1 teaspoon chlorella powder 1/2 teaspoon maca powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink sea salt (optional)

Instructions: Blend all ingredients together ENJOY!!

In the last decade, there has been a rise in trendy juice bars popping up that offer signature juice blends catered to health-conscious people. This is because juicing has become widely accepted as a premium way to get fruits and veggies into your diet quickly and easily.

And let’s not forget the amount of fruits and vegetables! On average, a 4-ounce cup of juice contains a whole serving of vitamin and mineral rich fruits and vegetables. These powerhouse foods contain nutrients that help to protect your body against inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer. Plus, juicing removes the fiber from fruits and vegetables which allows those nutrients to absorb very quickly into the gut and bloodstream.

Another wonderful benefit of juicing is the boost of chlorophyll (the green pigment found in plants) it gives the body. Chlorophyll is great for rebuilding red blood cells, helping to detoxify the liver, and protecting the skin from toxin absorption from the environment.

When discussing the benefits of juicing, it is important to note that we are referring to juice purchased at a juice bar or made at home with a juicer. Often bottled juices from the store have added ingredients, namely sugar. Be on the lookout for that if when making a purchase. Fresh squeezed is the best option!

Here are some great, chlorophyll rich greens to add to your juice: -kale -spinach -cucumber -parsley -beet greens -wheatgrass -celery -romaine lettuce

If you have a juicer at home, try this mouthwatering recipe that is loaded with healthy goodness:

Beetroot and Ginger (For 2 pints) 4 beetroots 4 carrots 2 lemons 6 apples 4 inches of peeled ginger

You want your juice to be as fresh as possible, so cut this recipe in half if you will only be consuming one serving at a time.

Much Love Suzanne


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