What’s a Purifying Greens Drink?
Does the sound of a greens drink make you go “Ick!”? Well, I’m a big fan of green vegetables and their numerous amazing health benefits (read my blog post What’s So Great About Greens for nutritional facts plus a tasty recipe). And one way to get more of this green goodness into your body is with the greens powder supplement products that you may have seen in the health food section of your grocery store. What? You’re not shopping in the health food section? Go check it out! There are fun and delicious new healthy products to try. So yeah, it’s good for you but what does it taste like? Before we get to that, let’s go over what makes one brand better than another.
What makes a good greens powder?
Greens powders are easy, don’t spoil since they’re dehydrated and are a good source of the phytonutrients you can only get from greens. But as I’ve said before, the supplement industry is completely unregulated so you want to read your labels and make sure you’re buying quality.
Here’s what to look for in a good greens powder:
- Price is right. Greens powders vary a lot in price and some are really expensive so you want to read the label and make sure the price justifies the ingredients.
- Preferrably Organic. This is harder to find. I have that criteria covered by buying mine from Neal’s Yard Remedies.
- Contains the big 5: spirulina, chlorella, grasses (wheat, barley, oat–and no the grasses of these grains do NOT have gluten), sea kelp, and green veg like spinach or kale.
Why drink it?
One little teaspoon of quality greens powder can boost your immune system plus cleanse and purify your blood, which leads to increased energy and vitality.
Not only that but greens improve the liver, gall bladder and kidney function, fight depression, clear congestion, improve circulation and keep your skin clear and blemish free. But wait! There’s more! Sea kelp is an excellent source of the minerals your thyroid needs to regulate your metabolism. Now you know why I like greens so much!
How to drink it?
Personally, I like the taste of greens drinks (mild spinach flavor) so I often start my day with a scoop in cold water. But I also recommend and often add the powder to my smoothies for an extra health boost. My freebie mini e-book My 5 Favorite Smoothie Recipes has several tasty recipes where a scoop of greens powder fits right in.
I tell my clients to try to have greens with every meal or three times a day. That’s how important they are for your health!
Don’t think you can eat greens three times a day? Try this: Have a green smoothie for breakfast, a salad for lunch and then a side dish of a greens sautee at dinner. You’re all set! Or you could have a greens drink in water like I do first thing in the morning, then some eggs over sautéed spinach and quinoa for lunch and then a side salad with your dinner. See? Not so hard.
Mostly, it’s a mindset and once you experience how great you feel when you are feeding your body what it needs on a cellular level, you will want to continue every day.