When you think of aloe vera, maybe you picture the spiky, succulent leaves, or the sunburn gel you sometimes use to soothe your skin, but did you also know that you can eat this plant? And that it is a nutritionally-packed superfood? It’s true, and by consuming aloe vera you can improve your digestion, detoxify your body, improve the health of your heart, reduce inflammation, and more.
Smoothies featuring superfood
Gelatin may conjure images in your mind of that slimy, unnaturally green and orange dessert you got in the cafeteria with your school lunches, but dessert made with gelatin is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to using this potent superfood. Gelatin is a byproduct of meat processing and comes from the bones and connective tissues of animals. It may sound unsavory, but these parts of animals are actually extremely good for you.
There was a time when people consumed nearly all of an animal, while today we simply end up with the processed and packaged meat, or muscle tissue. What we are missing out on are the nutrients found in those discarded parts. When you buy and use pure gelatin in your smoothies, you are adding back in important amino acids that have many benefits for your health.
I must confess, I absolutely love superfoods! They are nutritional powerhouses that are worthy of a place in your daily diet. These are foods that are packed with nutrients and able to improve your health in a number of ways.
From the high antioxidant levels in acai berries to anti-aging effects of goji berries, and everything in between, these superfoods will have you feeling and looking your best. And, every one of them can be used in your next smoothie.
The acai berry is a powerful superfood that is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. It also has a wonderful flavor that makes an excellent addition to smoothies.
Some describe the taste of the berry as bitter, but with a little added natural sweetener, you can bring out the delicious flavor in this fruit. Try buying the frozen pulp of the acai. In the pulp form, it is easy to add this superfood to your next smoothie.
Spirulina is a superfood unlike any other. It is a type of blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria. Blue-green algae are an ancient type of life form. They are bacteria, but also sometimes classified as plants. This type of algae gets its energy from the sun, just like plants, and uses photosynthesis to convert sunlight into food. There are many different types of algae under the blue-green classification, some of which produce toxins that can kill people and animals, and a few that are very nutritious and have healing properties.
In the latter category is spirulina. Two species of cyanobacteria, Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima, are called spirulina. At one time, these two species were put in the genus Spirulina, and although they now belong in Arthrospira, the name stuck. Spirulina cyanobacteria grow in subtropical and tropical lakes that have high acidity and high levels of the minerals carbonate and bicarbonate.
Hemp is a word that draws some controversy. It is used to refer to products made from the Cannabis plant, not including the drug marijuana. The fiber, oil, and seeds of the Cannabis plant can be used to make many hemp products including foods and beverages, but also non-food materials, like rope, fabric, and paper.
Hemp products are legal, because most of THC has been removed or because they have been made from plants with low THC content. THC is the compound in marijuana that has psychoactive properties.