So…What Are the Benefits of Going Green?
No, I’m not talking about recycling (which we should all do anyway). I’m talking about supplementing your nutrition program with raw greens, usually in powder form. Obviously if you’re following a healthy eating plan, you’re working on eliminating unhealthy foods and replacing them with healthy fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates and lean proteins. So…what exactly are the benefits of eating your greens?!
You may feel like you’re getting all of the nutrition you need from the healthy foods in your diet…(me too), right? But on a whim (and a tremendous sense of curiosity), I decided to start looking at adding a green vegetable supplement to my routine for ‘insurance’ on those days I’m not able to eat enough, and for when I am on the road.
I wanted to see if they would REALLY make a difference. And now, after personally experiencing positive, noticeable results, I’m a daily greens user.
What are Raw Greens?
They usually consist of a combination of ingredients such as algae, broccoli, spinach, beet powder, wheat grass, oat grass, apple fiber, spirulina, tomato powder, probiotics, and many more. Greens are packed tons of vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytonutrients, carotenoids, and enzymes.
For example, greens provide you with a ton of vitamin K, A, and C, providing antioxidant protection against free-radical damage.
Greens are known to support immune system strength, aid in digestion and absorption, as well as cleanse and detoxify the body.
So What Did I Personally Experience that Got Me to Use Greens on a Regular Basis?
Definitely clearer skin and a more regular digestive system. And frankly, as much as I work out and stress my body with travel (and the everyday trials and tribulations of being a working mom), I feel like my immune system has been strengthened, my hormones stay balanced, and my sugar cravings are nonexistent.
Even though I try to eat my veggies each day, it doesn’t always happen the way I want, so that is why I use a supplement. When I skip my greens, I notice a real difference and because of this, I was convinced greens needed to be included in my 12 week super shred plan.
There are a Huge Number of Options When it Comes to Which Greens You
I have tried several great ones. The greens that I have personally tried and recommend include: Isagenix Greens, Organifi greens, pHresh Greens, and Dales Raw Greens. I like that all it takes is usually 1 small serving of greens powder to get a complete daily serving of greens.
There are 2 schools of thought with ‘greens’ powder. Some go with the super ‘earthy’ feel that you think about when you think of greens. Others will add a little mint and a little natural sweetener to make it taste better.
I would have to say that Organifi and Isagenix greens are the best tasting products. They have a little of that mint and sweetness that takes your mind off the fact you have having something completely healthy.
In the end, give them all a try and find out what works best for YOU! I have included a bit more info on them below.
A good greens powder should meet most of these criteria, and all of these do.
- No yeast
- No soy
- No unnecessary fillers
- No preservatives
- No artificial colors
- No artificial sweeteners (sucralose, aspartame, etc.)
- Gluten Free
- No caffeine, herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic chemicals
The Isagenix greens were the first greens I had that had been naturally sweetened so they didn’t have that super-earthy taste that so many are worried about. I also like Isagenix Greens because they are available in a container and convenient travel packets.
Just so happens I have known the developer of the product, Drew Canole, for several years. In fact, I met my husband because of him.
But aside from personal stuff, Drew is responsible for FitLife.tv and the Juicing Vegetables phenomenon. He is VERY big on juicing real vegetables, and that is why he really went above and beyond to create a great ‘greens’ product.
Organifi is available in travel packets or containers, so there is no excuse for not having some with you to ‘get your greens’ in.
As a bonus, he hooked up my followers with a code: NJFIT to save 15% on your order!
Not sure you are ready yet, you can get FREE samples of Organify (just pay a small Shipping and Handling fee). These are REALLY cool as they are great for travel, or when you are on the go.
pHresh Greens is the first ‘greens’ company I ever heard about years ago. Like Isagenix and Organifi, their product is available in individual packets, and containers.
In the end, it is SUPER easy to add a quality greens powder to your day, and I gave you several options to check out.
All you have to do is mix them with a small amount of water, juice, OR add them to a whole food smoothie, and you have plenty of insurance that you are getting your greens in!
Be Happy… Be Healthy… Be FIT!