Get Your Greens With Blended Salads.

1 07 2009

“it’s hard for me to get more greens in my diet, how can I do it?”

The short answer is, it couldn’t be easier… if you want to. Making your salad the main dish for dinner is a great start… and then start experimenting with different greens. There’s an abundance of green leafy vegetables that you can make into dozens of salads, burritos, wraps and many more.

Here’s a favorite that’s quick, easy and a great way to increase greens in your diet.

Blended Salad

One of the benefits of blended salads is that you can get a large amount of greens into a meal.. and you can be creative with what you add to the mix. Here’s one of my favorite recipes:

(serves 1-2 … adjust accordingly)

  • 3-4 Kale leaves
  • 5-6 Romaine Lettuce leaves
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes
  • 1/4-1/2 Cucumber
  • 2-3 Green Onions
  • Handful of fresh Cilantro
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Handful Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 Red Pepper
  • Sprouts (alfalfa, brocolli, etc)
  • Sprouted Pumkin Seeds

Add all ingredients except green onions, red peppers, sun dried tomatoes and avocado into a blender or food processor and blend until you get a smooth consistency. I recommend adding a little at a time and saving the sun dried tomatoes until the end and blend partially to leave small chunks. Top with chopped avocado, green onions, pumpkin seeds, and sprouts and you have a super green meal! You can be creative and make any combination you’d like… toppings, different greens, vegetables, seeds… make a different one every time and have fun!

Enjoy!

By: Mark Idzik

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Top 10 Raw Protein Foods.

29 06 2009

Below is a list of some of the most highest concentrated raw foods in assimiable proteins!

  1. Hemp Seeds
  2. Goji Berries
  3. Sprouts
  4. Spirulian/Blue Green Algae
  5. Pure Synergy
  6. Maca
  7. Avocado
  8. Figs
  9. Greens and veggies
  10. Sprouted Nuts and Seeds

1. Hemp seeds contain all 8 essential amino acids for adults, plus three other amino acids that are considered essential for children and infants. Almost two-thirds of hemp protein is made up of edestin, a globulin protein found only in hemp seeds. This makes hemp the superior source for this protein in the plant kingdom. Edestin is a type of plant protein that is similar to protein found in the human body, and thus is perfectly suited to aid in meeting the body’s cellular needs such as DNA repair.

Did you know? Hemp Protein Powder is produced when whole hemp seeds are cold-pressed to expel the oil, leaving behind a dry “cake.” This cake is then milled at low temperatures to remove some of the fiber and produce a concentrated form of protein. Cool, huh?

2. Goji berries, sometimes called wolfberries, are perhaps the most nutritionally rich fruit on the planet. Goji berries contain 18 kinds of amino acids (six times higher than bee pollen) and contain all 8 essential amino acids (such as isoleucine and tryptophan). Goji berries also contain up to 21 trace minerals (the main ones being zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus). Read more…

3. Sprouts are living foods, easy to digest and filled with enzymes, proteins, complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Everything your body needs in a form that your body can use! Sprouts are economical, easy to make and nutritious. Sunflower, kamut, hemp, quinoa, and bean sprouts are some of highest in protein.

4. Spirulina is a blue-green algae containing complete, balanced protein and a wide range of valuable nutrients. Spirulina is approximately 70% easily digestible protein. It contains 18 out of 22 amino acids and all of the essential amino acids, making it a unique vegetarian source of complete protein. Better yet, Spirulina protein is 95% digestible compared to meat sources, which are often difficult for the body to break down. In fact, beef protein is estimated to be only 20% digestible. Spirulina is a wonderful way to consume high quality protein that’s easy on the body. It contains enzymes, which naturally assist in the digestion process.

5. Pure Synergy is a remarkable nutritional supplement for your vitality, health, and total well-being blending Nature’s finest and most potent superfoods — algaes and organic green juices, freeze dried herbs, oriental therapeutic mushrooms, plant enzymes and phytonutrients, and natural antioxidants. Very high in protein!

Did you know? Pure Synergy ingredients are organically grown or wild crafted, seasonally harvested, fresh freeze-dried/ cold dried or cold ground, tested over 200 times for purity and packaged in recyclable glass.

6. Maca has an amazing nutritional value. Its high protein content excels those from other plants. For example it has 5 times more proteins and 4 times more fibre than the potato, having less fat. It has an excellent 0.76 ratio of saturated to unsaturated fat (40.1% saturated fats, 52.7% unsaturated fat). Maca contains two of three essential fatty acids (oleic and linoleic). It also has a surprising amino acids profile, a total of 18 amino acids, including 7 of the 9 essential amino acids. Vitamin and mineral levels are considerable and in some cases they represent 100% of the recommended daily value.

7. Avocados are bursting with nutrients–vitamins, A, B-complex, C, E, H, K, and folic acid, plus the minerals magnesium, copper, iron, calcium, potassium and many other trace elements. Avocados provide all of the essential amino acids (those that must be provided by our diet), with 18 amino acids in all, plus 7 fatty acids, including Omega 3 and 6. Avocados contain more protein than cow’s milk, about 2% per edible portion. Since rapidly growing nursing infants obtain no more than 2% protein from mother’s milk, we can safely assume that children and adults do not regularly require foods richer in protein than avocado. Our bodies recycle approximately 80% of our protein; cooked protein is denatured and largely unusable, thus our protein need is far lower than what is taught by conventional dietetics. A small avocado will provide more usable protein then a huge steak because cooked protein in meat is deranged and mostly unavailable to our liver, the organ which makes all of our body’s protein.
From Living Nutrition Magazine vol. 11 http://www.livingnutrition.com © Living Nutrition Publications.

8. Figs are loaded with nutritious protein, carbohydrates, essential minerals and vitamins.

Did you know? The actual edible “fruit” of a fig tree is called a syconium–a hollow structure lined on the inside with hundreds of tiny unisexual flowers.

9. Greens are high in protein, especially wild greens. Eating blending salads and juicing green veggies makes amino acids and other nutrients more assimiable.

10. Most nuts contain complete and high-grade proteins. They rank and even surpass, flesh foods in the quantity of their proteins. Nut proteins are also free from pathogenic bacterial or parasitical contamination. Almonds – their proteins have a high biological value and some nutritionists say they are an excellent substitute for meat; Almonds have 19% of protein. Coconut – is an excellent and complete food; Coconut has 6% of protein.

[by Alex Malinsky]

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