No matter how many times a doctor tells you that you need to eat healthier, it does not make things any easier, right? It’s a shame science hasn’t figured out how to make Oreos and pizza the pinnacles of nutrition.
But until then, you can improve your health simply, by integrating more greens into your life. Before you groan and complain about the texture of steamed spinach, bare with us because Pure Planet’s greens are delicious and E A S Y to eat – no cooking necessary.
Read on to hear just how cool our Best of Greens blend, filled with the finest greens from the land and the sea, can be for your health goals!
Organic Cereal Grasses
First on our list is organic cereal grasses, which are made up of:
- organic wheatgrass
- organic barley grass
- organic oat grass
You might have seen some of these grasses pressed into juice in small shot cups. And for good reason, because, they boast a ton of nutrients and antioxidants.
Feeling groggy or hungover? One shot can boost you back into your vibrant life because of all the vitamins and minerals.
Some of these include:
- Vitamin A, C and E
- Amino Acids
Besides the obvious bonus of weight loss support, these grains can support blood sugar regulation and help reduce obesity!
It’s not just the name of everyone’s favorite Little Rascals’ characters (NETFLIX IT!), it’s one of our favorite veggies! Like many of its green brethren, this forage legume contains an array of vitamins, minerals and proteins.
But guess what? In addition to naturally supplying these nutrients, alfalfa is also low in calories. Yes!
This herb has been traditionally been used to help improve metabolic health and support antioxidant levels.
And what’s more?
There are studies (a few, admittedly) that tie consumption to lower cholesterol support!
Its juice can easily be added to other juices and mixes, which is why we use it in our Best of Greens.
So, what else is in Best of Greens?
Cruciferous Vegetable Blend
Okay…you might be thinking…what on earth does that word even mean? Simple! Cruciferous refers to plants from the Brassicaceae family. The latin name, Cruciferae, comes from their cross-like shaped flowers.
But enough of the plant-nerd talk (trust us, we could keep going), these veggies are super good for you.
With a low-calorie count, these greens can help provide vitamin support as well. They can also be a good source of fiber, but you probably already knew that.
What you might not know is that these plants are also good sources of folates. Folic acid is a form of vitamin B-9 and helps support significant body functions.
According to the Association of UK Dietitians, this acid plays a role in:
- formation of red blood cells
- maintaining cell life
There is also evidence that consumption may lend support to those who suffer from age-related hearing loss.
And one more awesome benefit? They contain phytonutrients that can help promote the body’s response to inflammation.
Here are some of our favorites (organic, of course):
- dandelion greens
So far, these land greens seem sufficient enough, so why bother with the greens from the sea?
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Well, SpongeBob, but he’s fictional.
There’s an abundance of REAL life under the sea, besides fish and sea creatures!
Let us introduce you to one of our favorite plants: ALGAE! Okay, wipe that look off your face, because it’s really good for you.
First things first: yes, you should be very safe about where you get edible algae, which is why we are very careful about where and how we harvest ours. Safe practices and healthy living are our goals and that’s how we’ve being stay pure and true since ’92.
So, what can algae do for you?
Just like greens, algae can supply potent doses of vitamins, minerals (and trace minerals) and antioxidants. Their active phytonutrients can help support weight loss, heart health and the body’s response to inflammation.
Spirulina is considered to be a super-nutrient, providing support for such things as blood pressure, weight loss and cleansing.
Plus, it can help provide allergy relief and help alkalize the body.
Chlorella is similar. Interestingly enough, this plant cannot be digested as it naturally appears, so it needs to be grounded into powder or in capsule form. We make sure to do this while maintaining optimal bioavailability and safety.
Like spirulina, this algae can help cleanse the body of metals. Its antioxidants can also help boost the immune system, promote energy and support healthy cholesterol levels.
What other marine plants can be beneficial?
Organic Sea Vegetables
So maybe there aren’t actual pineapples under the sea, but there are cool veggies, like kelp and dulse.
Grown under water, these sea plants can help support a healthy thyroid, with a good source of iodine.
You may be more familiar with kelp, as you might have seen it wash up on shore or drift around at your local beach. Don’t consume that kelp though, because it may have more bacteria and germs from the local environment. You must always ensure your kelp supplement is safely-sourced and clean to consume.
When it is safe, kelp can:
- Help prevent bone loss with a strong source of vitamin K
- Help the body react to inflammation with antioxidants
- Help maintain healthy blood glucose levels and aid with other blood-related symptoms
You may not have heard of dulse, but that’s why we’re here!
Instead of being packed with minerals, dulse is loaded with Omega-3 and Omega-6. These polyunsaturated fatty acids may help blood pressure and proper brain development and function.
Plus, dulse contains protein and Vitamin B-12 (normally found in meat, poultry and dairy), which make it a great asset for a vegan diet!
Get Your Green On
We love our greens and we hope you do too. Find a green blend that’s good for you at PurePlanet.com.
Everything’s coming up apples this month at Pure Planet. We launched two new apple cider vinegar products, a lemon-flavored Probiotic and a cherry-delicious Alkalizer. Each refreshing blend has their own set of benefits and tastes.
So, if an apple a day can’t keep you away, try using our Apple Cider products in these tasty drink recipes.
Lemon Berry Apple Cider
When the sun shines bright, nothing beats a crisp, cool drink. Primally Inspired’s Lemon Berry Apple Cider seems mighty good, so we think it would taste even better with Apple Cider: Probiotic as a substitute. A refreshing glass that can help us keep cool and aid digestion? Yes, please!
What you’ll need for one glass:
- 2 tablespoons fresh or frozen berries
- 1 scoop of Apple Cider Probiotic
- Optional sweetener like raw honey
What to Do:
- Drop berries into a glass (with sweetener, if applicable) and softly muddle with back of spoon.
- Pour water in glass.
- Mix in one scoop of Apple Cider Probiotic.
- Add ice.
If you’ve never heard of a switchel drink before, it is basically a drink comprised of four ingredients: vinegar, ginger, water and a sweetener like honey or syrup. We think that both Apple Cider products would be a perfect ingredient to plenty of switchel mixes (our Probitic already contains two of the necessary ingredients)!
Try substituting Apple Cider Alkalizer for tart cherry in this switchel recipe by YurielKaim. You’ll miss out on the tart taste of cherry, but gain the vibrant taste of beets and cherry!
Makes 4 servings:
- 3 tbsp fresh grated ginger
- 3 tbsp Apple Cider Alkalizer
- 3 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- 3 tbsp tart cherry juice
- 4 cups water
- Add all ingredients into a large sealed container
Shake well to combine
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, and serve over ice
And of course, there’s no need to add extra vinegar when using any of the Apple Cider mixes! So, just stick to our mix, ginger, water and your sweetener of choice!
Sparkling Water Splash
Recipes are fun, but sometimes you just don’t have the time! Looking for a quick way to to make drinks with a splash? Substitute sparkling or seltzer water for regular water when mixing our Apple Cider drinks!
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is taking the health world by storm and for good reason! With an abundance of qualities and properties, ACV has been used as a home remedy for a long time. With the rising interest in probiotics, ACV once again takes center stage.
In order to understand probiotics, we have to understand our gut first. We know, that’s a tall order–but as the days go on, we learn more and more! Our gut is almost like its own little world, full of its own bacteria and micro-organisms. That’s where probiotics come in.
Think of probiotics as little soldiers that help your gut fight the good fight. Probiotic products contain bacteria and micro-organisms that help your gut dispose of bad bacteria, while encouraging good bacteria to thrive.
Apple Cider Vinegar
So, where does ACV come in? ACV happens to be connected to digestive health, just like probiotics. It contains helpful enzymes, like pectin, which comes from fermented apples. This enzyme helps encourage healthy bacteria growth.
Some nutritionists also believe the fermentation process brings out probiotic enzymes, but this is mostly due to organic ACV and beneficial bacteria it may hold if kept totally intact (if its’ not pasteurized). The acid from fermentation has also been thought to aid digestive health and even acid reflux.
Apple Cider: Probiotic
At Pure Planet, we like to use what Mother Earth has given us. That’s why we used our superfoods know-how to make ACV even better, including alleviating the bitter taste of vinegar. We’ve amped up the the digestive aid nutrients with our new Apple Cider: Probiotic.
Apple Cider: Probiotic contains ginger root, tumeric, lemon and probiotic Lactospore. Ginger root has been connected to help digestion and inflammation. Tumeric is also thought to have anti-inflammatory benefits, with many people using it when they have stomach issues. Lemon, while great-tasting, has also been tied to digestive health. Finally, Lactospore is a well-researched probiotic that can help encourage healthy gut flora. Together, these ingredients work together to make one great-tasting, effective superfood drink!
Want to learn more about probiotics and apple cider vinegar?