If you’re focused on health and wellness, you’ve probably been keeping an eye out for ways to sneak more greens into your diet. But there are lots of reasons it can be difficult to get more veggies in your diet.
Maybe you already eat tons of veggies and you don’t see how you can fit in more. Maybe you travel a lot and it’s difficult or impossible to find healthy, fresh food on the road. Maybe you want to add healthy organisms like algae or cyanobacteria...but how on Earth do you cook with those?
Enter super greens powders. These nutrient-packed powders are a versatile way to add a huge boost of micronutrients to your everyday diet. Since we could all use a little more nutrition in our diets, it’s great to know there’s an easy, high-impact option like super greens powders.
What is super greens powder?
Super greens powders are whole-food supplements that usually contain dried and powdered veggies, fruits (usually high-antioxidant fruits), herbs, beneficial algae and bacteria. Sometimes they contain healthful plant extracts, probiotics or enzymes, or mushrooms.
Greens powders are whole food supplements–meaning they’re actual plants, microorganisms, and fungi. This is different from conventional vitamins in the sense that they’re more complex, you get the entire plant in contrast to a single ingredient.
It’s important to note that whole food supplements, like conventional supplements, can’t replace regular food. Supplements are just that–something to add to your diet, not replace it.
Some green powders also incorporate sprouted or fermented veggies to increase the vitamin content as well as make it easier for your body to absorb the nutrients. But even non-sprouted and fermented powders are easy to digest since they’re highly bioavailable–that means healthy antioxidants and carotenoids are well-absorbed into your bloodstream.
Why use super greens powder?
Unfortunately, many Americans are deficient in micronutrients. For instance, the CDC reports that nearly 11% of women and 32% of the general population are deficient in vitamin B6, a vitamin that’s extremely easy to get from your diet through oats, bananas, nuts, and many other foods. The Kressler Institute for Functional and Evolutionary Medicine reports that nearly a third of Americans are at risk for deficiencies. They also report, incredibly, that 95% of adults are deficient in Vitamin D!
CDC’s data also shows racial inequalities in nutrient deficiency. For instance, 30% of non-Hispanic Black Americans are vitamin-D deficient in contrast to only 3.2% in non-Hispanic White Americans. This is a result of many factors such as inequalities in the food chain and access to healthy food.
Americans are well-fed in terms of calories, but not in terms of nutrition. In the United States, obesity is considered an epidemic. Nearly half of Americans are obese...not overweight, but obese.
Obesity leads to myriad other health issues, but one issue is systemic inflammation. If you’re obese you need more micronutrients to combat the inflammation happening throughout your body, but it’s unlikely you’re getting even baseline nutrition with an obesigenic–in other words, an obesity-causing–style of eating.
Most Americans eat a nutrient-poor, Standard American Diet (SAD). This diet could be considered carcinogenic since it is known that a diet deficient in micronutrients can cause cancer. Similarly, a diet rich in micronutrients is known to prevent cancer.
Whether you’re trying to live a healthier life, you’re training for your next competition, or you want better sleep and skin, green powders can help you achieve your health goals.
Benefits of organic super greens powder
The benefits for simply eating more organic, whole foods are a game-changer for your health. The Beyond Microgreens blog is a wealth of information for learning about why veggies are great for you. We’ve already explained why eating cruciferous vegetables are amazing for your health, and we’ve gone to great lengths to teach people about the cancer and inflammation-fighting benefits of Nrf2-activating foods (like broccoli microgreens!).
Many regular users of super greens powders report feeling more energized, better skin, getting better quality sleep, boosting immunity, and even curing diseases. While these anecdotes are exciting, there is almost no scientific research specifically on green powders for health benefits, so be wary of powders that promise too much.
That said, getting more micronutrients from whole-food supplements into your diet is likely beneficial for your health and is an easy addition to your routine. So how do you use these healthy powders?
Reported benefits of super greens powers:
- More energy
- Better skin
- Better quality sleep
- Immunity boost
- Possible disease prevention
How to use organic super greens powders
The key to seeing results from super greens powders is to use them regularly. That’s why the best way to use super greens powders is to look at your daily routine, discover which foods or drinks you have every single day, and add your powders to those foods.
Green powders are meant to be versatile–they can be mixed into almost anything. Because they’re mostly made of green plants, they often have a grassy, fresh flavor.
A great option is to mix the powder into water. We all drink water every single day, so finding a greens powder that you can mix into water and drink routinely is a super easy way to ensure you’re using your powder regularly. Use ice cold water and a squeeze of lemon for a delicious morning pick-me-up.
Some people don’t like the grassy taste of the powder when mixed into water. If that’s the case for you, try mixing the greens into something that has a more powerful flavor. Maybe that’s your morning smoothie, mid-afternoon coffee, or post workout protein shake.
A fun way to use super greens powders is to mix them into desserts or use them as a topping. For instance, matcha tea powder is found in lots of super greens powders because it is a powerful source of antioxidants. Matcha tastes great mixed into desserts and cookies, so why not give your dessert a little extra nutrition and a pretty green color?
Another option is to top a meal with greens powders. Try sprinkling our organic Broccoli Booster onto bland-looking dishes like mashed potatoes or scrambled eggs to give them a little color and a micronutrient boost.
So is Broccoli Booster a super greens powder?
In short, yes! Broccoli Booster is a super green powder and even more versatile than most powders since it can be mixed into liquids or used as a topping.
Booster is 100% organic, USA-grown broccoli microgreens. Broccoli microgreens are baby vegetables. We all know eating vegetables is great for our health, but broccoli is even better since it’s a cruciferous vegetable–a vegetable in the Brassicaceae family of plants that contains tons of healthful bioactive molecules.
Some powders have so many ingredients that it’s hard to know if they’re all effective, or even if there’s enough of any one compound to make a real impact on your health!
Broccoli Booster is different. Our Booster is simple, delicious, third-party tested, and shown to contain Nrf2-boosting compounds and micronutrients–so you can be sure what you’re eating is making an impact.