Today is all about wheatgrass. Don't groan, because I'm going to share some top tips for including it in your smoothies so it doesn't make you gag. Let's be honest, wheatgrass shots taste pretty funky. I drink them, but they're not my favorite thing on the green buffet. Enter the awesome Navitas Naturals freeze-dried wheatgrass powder and we're saved. Wheatgrass powder is extremely mild in flavor, so you can add 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon to most smoothies without even tasting it. I often add up to 1 tablespoon in some blends. Start small, and add gradually to taste.
Layer your green smoothies with some fresh mild leafy greens like spinach, radish greens, or romaine, and then boost the chlorophyll with 1 teaspoon of wheatgrass powder. Sweet fruits like pineapple, mango, orange, apple, pear, grapes, and berries mask the taste of wheatgrass, as does the addition of basil, mint, and lemon and lime juice and zest. Fresh orange, apple, pineapple, and grape juices mellow the murk, but they do increase the sugar content of your blends.
Include wheatgrass in your smoothie rotation because this green goddess is among the most nutrient dense foods. Rich in alkalizing chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory agents, wheatgrass neutralizes acids and wastes to purify the blood and boost cellular function and immunity. Wheatgrass is also loaded with high quality plant based protein (about 85 percent by weight).
This blend of tropical fruits and green tea is crisp, refreshing, and seriously tasty. It may just change your mind about wheatgrass.
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*Probiotic Powder - I add 1/2 teaspoon of probiotic powder to all smoothies to replenish stores of healthy bacteria for immunity, digestion, detox, and to balance the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and other sweeteners. The really potent probiotics require refrigeration. If you have capsules, break the shell and release the powder. Unsweetened probiotic-rich liquids like kefirs (water, coconut water, milk varieties) or kombucha make wonderful health-promoting additions to shakes, too.
*Celtic Sea Salt - I add a pinch (or more) of this alkalizing, mineral-rich salt to all smoothies to boost the natural flavor of fruits and veggies; temper the acidity of sweet fruits and sweeteners; stimulate the lymphatic system; replenish electrolytes; aid digestion; and help the body access energy. I do not recommend adding common table salt which is generally heated to extreme temperatures, iodized, bleached, processed, and refined. This salt does not have the same benefits. If you have a health condition that requires you to limit your sodium intake consult your doctor before adding salt to your smoothies.