We love all things healthy and green and that includes green powders. But what are they exactly? And how are they useful for a healthy lifestyle? Greens powders are supplements made from fruits, vegetable, grasses, and probiotics.
You add a scoopful of the green powder to water usually. But you can also use milk, almond milk, soya milk, or juice. You can also use green powders in green drink recipes to boost your vitamin and mineral intake further. A typical green smoothie contains 5g of fibre and 10g of green powder will add another 2g.
That’s a huge 7g of fibre in just a drink, helping you on your way to a healthy 25g target. Aside from being packed with fibre, green powders are valued for their high nutrient value.
Because green powder is condensed and powdered grasses and veggies, it’s packed with vitamins. So you get an amazing nutrient boost. With a host of vitamins, you will get a boost to your immune and digestive systems. Greens powder can boost energy levels and because they are packed with 20% fibre they are filling and can aid weight loss.
🥦 Calories: 40
🥦 Fat: 0.5 grams
🥦 Total carbs: 7 grams
🥦 Dietary fiber: 2 grams
🥦 Protein: 2 grams
🥦 Iodine: 100% of the RDI
🥦 Vitamin C: 80% of the RDI
🥦 Vitamin A 80% of the RDI
🥦 Selenium: 70% of the RDI
🥦 Vitamin K: 60% of the RDI
🥦 Chromium: 60% of the RDI
🥦 Iron: 20% of the RDI
🥦 Calcium: 5% of the RDI
🥦 Potassium: 5% of the RDI
It’s important to watch out for a few things when buying greens powder, though. The powder can be unpleasant tasting and so many manufacturers use sugar to try to mask the flavour. By all means, it’s a good idea to sweeten the powder as it can be tough going on the palate.
Look for a product that uses a natural calorie-free sweetener such as Stevia. Other rogue ingredients to avoid along with sugar are:
❌ Artificial Colours
❌ Emulsifiers Or Thickeners
❌ Artificial Sweeteners
❌ Non-organic Or GMO Ingredients
Most greens powders are vegetarian or vegan but double check if this is a requirement for you.
You can also use green powders in cooking and baking recipes. They do have a grassy taste or hue, so you need to be a little careful how you cook with them, but here are some great green food ideas:
🥦 Make green eggs or a green omelette
🥦 Add them to soup
🥦 Mix them into homemade salad dressing, pesto, or houmous
🥦 Toss over roasted vegetables
🥦 Stir into pancake batter or make muffins
🥦 Mix into chocolate and chocolate mousse
🥦 Add to chilli and make enchiladas
There are tons of ways you can use green powders and get all the nutritional benefits. Just be creative! You’ll find our blog is packed full of inspo, ideas, and recipes!