What are supergreens? These are supergreens
Supergreens are also called 'superfoods' because they are foods with a very high content of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants. In practice: concentrated vegetables. A product may only be labelled a 'superfood' if the positive qualities have been established by the European Union's Food Safety Authority.
Examples of super greens
. Not all super greens are green. Examples of the so-called superfoods are hemp seeds, linseed, wheat grass, chlorella and spirulina. But also products such as blackcurrants, avocado, Brussels sprouts and even kale bear the name 'superfood'. There are other products that have earned the name 'superfood' or 'supergreen':
- Garry grass
- Various nuts and seeds (e.g. pecans, pistachios, walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, alfalfa seeds, hemp seeds and linseeds).
- Several berries (besides blueberries, also blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, strawberries and raspberries)
- Several green leafy vegetables (apart from kale also spinach, watercress, Swiss chard, turnip greens).
Benefits of supergreens
Supergreens support cardiovascular health, they promote natural bowel movement, they give an energy boost and can play a role if you're trying to lose weight. How so? Supergreens stimulate the metabolism and help reduce the feeling of hunger, which makes you less likely to reach for an (unhealthy) snack.
This way, supergreens can help you cut calories and are an important part of your weight loss process. Of course, you also need other dietary changes and exercise.
The problem of 'ordinary' vegetables
Vegetables are delicious, but it often takes a while to clean them and you're also soon full of. Sometimes the recommended amount of vegetables per day is just too much: it takes too much time, or takes too long to prepare.
Super greens powder can offer a solution then. In fact, super greens powder is just a super green, but in a handy powder form. This way you can get your daily amount of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Super greens next to normal food?
The diet in Europe is often not as healthy as we might like. Fast food is part of the problem. People often opt for a quick bite and eat too quickly.
Food in the supermarket is often processed: a lot of sugar, fat and salt are added and these are substances you easily ingest too much of. Food that is pre-processed often does not contain enough fiber, vitamins, minerals.
An unhealthy diet does not only affect your physical condition, but can also affect your mood (state of mind). Certain types of food can make you feel tired and lifeless, while superfoods will make you feel spry and vital. If you have more energy, you will also be more active and this will prevent mental complaints from getting any worse.
What is meant with greens powder?
. Greens powder is super greens in powder form. Consuming all (or even a handful) of the supergreens described above on a daily basis is not easy. Make it easier on yourself: by alternating superfoods with greens powder from the same supergreens.
How to recognize a good greens powder?
There are numerous powders on the market, but not all powders have the same quality. A powder is a raw and finely ground product, not an extract. An extract has a much higher concentration of nutrients - so more workable ingredients.
However, extracts are not always necessary, because there are plenty of products that already have a large amount of active ingredients. Moreover, making powder is a lot cheaper than making an extract.
Delicious and healthy
Most supergreens contain high quality nutrients and are easy to add to meals such as meat dishes, rice dishes or soups. The supergreens are not only very healthy, but also work as a flavour enhancer. So the possibilities are endless and you can experiment endlessly with creating new flavours.
Supergreens as tablets and capsules
. Naturaplaza also has various supergreens that can be taken in tablet and capsule form, for example chlorella capsules. These capsules are made of 100% pure organic algae.
Algae are sometimes called "the green gold". Especially for vegans and to a lesser extent vegetarians, this rule applies. Algae have an incredibly high nutritional value and are a suitable alternative to consuming meat.
A Green Juice make
Supergreens in powder form you can add to hot meals, but an even better way to quickly take a vitamin and mineral bomb, is a green juice. Fibre is very important for bowel movements, so make sure your green juice has enough of it. Algae, as described above, are also a good nutritional addition. You can use chlorella, but also spirulina: these algae are almost as old as the earth is.
No to chemical sweeteners, yes to probiotics
Green juice aims to promote your health. A pure green juice is free of aspartame, acesulfame-K, glucose-fructose syrup, sucralose, saccharin or any of the other chemical sweeteners.
Please use fruit (powder) or sweetener from the Stevia plant instead. A good green juice contains numerous probiotics - these are 'good' bacteria that promote bowel movement. Another nice substance is Adoptogen: this helps keep the body in balance. The most popular adoptogens are ginseng, rose root, maca and ashwaganda.
Spirulina powder Kruidvat
Spirulina is a natural algae that grows in sunny alkaline gardens in Japan, India, the United States and Greece, among others. It is an important form of protein and was formerly consumed en masse by the Mayas and Aztecs.
Spirulina is also rich in fatty acids, in beta-carotene, several minerals and Vitamins B. The alga helps to slow down digestion, so that you will feel less hungry. It also helps burn fat and gives you an energy boost. You can also use spirulina prior to a physical workout.
You can buy conventional Spirulina in tablet form at Kruidvat. At Naturaplaza you can buy organic spirulina of the highest quality. The best way to get the most out of spirulina is to buy a tablet.