TOP 6 GREEN SUPERFOODS

SUPER GREENS

I don't believe that you need to buy crazy expensive superfoods and supplements in order to live a healthy lifestyle, but for those of you who like being a little extra (and I say that with a smile), then this is for you.

Firstly, what are superfoods exactly?

#1 CHLORELLA
Chlorella is a freshwater algae native to Taiwan and Japan. It is naturally rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. Chlorella is typically used in the US as a nutritional supplement in tablet, powder, or liquid form.

How I Use it:
I like to add chlorella powder to smoothies for an added nutritional boost.

The Benefits:
- supports healthy hormonal function
- promotes heart health
- lowers blood pressure & cholesterol levels
- helps detoxify heavy metals from the body

#2 MORINGA
Moringa is a plant, often called drumstick tree, the miracle tree, & more - and it's been used for centuries for its medicinal properties and health benefits. This includes anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory properties, and more. It's native to India, but can also be found in Asia, Africa, and South America.

How I Use it:
I like to add moringa powder to smoothies for an added nutritional boost. I've also used it in a dairy-free latte, by replacing matcha with moringa, for a caffeine-free warm drink.

The Benefits:
- reduces inflammation
- helps protect the liver and kidneys
- reduces fatigue and improves energy levels
- treats stomach issues, constipation, and colitis

#3 BARLEY GRASS
Barley Grass is a type of grain that's an extremely important cereal crop around the globe. Fresh Barley Grass itself can be challenging to find, so it's available in forms such as powders, juices, tablets, and even gummies. Dried Barley Grass is a great source of fiber and boasts nearly 3 grams per tablespoon.

How I Use It:
I haven't yet supplemented with this superfood, however, if you follow any of the work from the Medical Medium, he recommends Barley Grass for many healing protocals.

The Benefits:
- improves sugar levels and insulin resistance
- protects the liver
- promotes normal sleep cycles
- has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects

#4 SPIRULINA
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that grows in both salt and fresh water; it is loaded with various nutrients and antioxidants that can benefit the body and brain. Spirulina was consumed by the ancient Aztecs but became popular again when NASA proposed that it could be grown in space and used by astronauts. Just 1 single Tablespoon (7 grams) of Spirulina Powder contains 4 grams of protein + other nutrients.

How I Use It:
I have the powder form, and I often add it to Smoothies/Smoothie bowls. It can have a fishy smell, but doesn't taste fishy.

The Benefits:
- boosts energy and memory
- protects against sinus issues, candida, and stroke
- lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- helps detoxify heavy metals from the body

#5 WHEATGRASS
Wheatgrass is the young grass of a wheat plant. Its thick grass that is vibrant green. Typically farmers grow wheatgrass for animals to consume, but it's become popular as a nutritional supplement / superfood. Known as green blood because it contains high levels of chlorophyll (the green color). It's said that pound for pound, the nutrient content of wheatgrass juice is roughly equivalent to that of 2.5 lbs of vegetables.

How I Use it:
I was first introduced to wheatgrass from my cousin, several years ago. My sister and I visited her small midwest apartment and she had this tray of grass on her kitchen counter. She explained that it was wheatgrass, and the benefits- and from that point on, every time we would visit our local juice bar we would treat ourselves to a wheatgrass shot followed by a wedge of orange to cut the freshly-mowed-lawn after taste. Years later, I worked at a juice bar during school, and again found myself taking advantage of the benefits of a 1 or 2 oz shot, whenever I could.

The Benefits:
- aids in blood sugar regulation
- reduces inflammation
- helps to lower cholesterol levels
- may help promote weight loss

#6 CHLOROPHYLL
Chlorophyll is what makes plants green and healthy - it's full of vitamins, antioxidants, and therapeutic properties. We can get Chlorophyll from plants or supplements, and the later is actually more effective as Chlorophyll may not survive digestion long enough to be absorbed.

How I Use It:
I use the liquid supplement form of Chlorophyll, they are liquid drops I typically just buy from online or at my local healthfood store / Whole Foods. Just a few drops in my water, and it doesn't taste like anything!

The Benefits:
- fights disease and promotes healing
- promotes elimination
- protects DNA from harmful carcinogens
- improves body odor and liver detoxification

From algae like chlorella and spirulina, to plants like moringa - there are so many amazing green superfoods available. They can vary from protein powders, tablets, energy bars, greens powders, etc.; superfood greens are a great way to supplement a healthy diet and bring extra benefits to your lifestyle & overall wellbeing.

Do you have a favorite? Let me know.

Photos are not mine, taken from Pinterest and I collaged for this post.
Sources: Healthline.com
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