What do smoothie drinkers in Sacramento want to say is their healthiest smoothie? Is your smoothie one of the world’s healthiest? Let’s make Sacramento the world’s capital of healthy smoothies. Share one or more of your favorite ingredients that you add to your smoothie to make it the healthiest. And what smoothie or juice ‘bar’ in Sacramento would you vote for as offering the healthiest smoothies in town? What’s your favorite smoothie ingredients? How many grams of sugar would your favorite contain in one 15 or 16 ounce cup of that juice?
How would you make your own smoothies healthier? The emphasis is on health first, taste second, but it still would have to taste good.
Do you know how many teaspoons of sugar equals 18 grams of sugar? One teaspoon of sugar weighs about four grams.
For example, at Sacramento’s Natural Foods Co-op in midtown, you can buy the Naked juice’s “berry veggie” smoothie in a bottle that has a great taste with ‘only’ 18 grams of sugar listed on the label compared to most other juices you buy in various Sacramento supermarkets that their sugar contains in milligrams (mg) rather than grams (g). Yes, it tastes great. And yes, I had it with lunch today at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. Then I realized at home could I make a smoothie with a combination of vegetables and fruits that would have a lot more of whole fruit and less juice or puree? Could I emulsify whole vegetables and fruits together to get a lot of fiber instead of juice and natural sugars from fruits–and still also taste great–at least to me?
You see so many different brands of juices saying 28 mg of sugar per plastic bottle of 15.2 to 16 ounces varying with the brand of juice. If you drank a cup of tea or coffee would you load the cup with four or more teaspoons of sugar? No. Most people would only put one teaspoon of sugar in a cup of coffee or tea. So why would you drink commercial juices with no sugar added that still amount to 18 g of sugar or more for various brands just from the pureed fruit in the plastic bottle? There’s got to be a better way….Sure, drink plain water, any good brand. They’re all similar in many ways.
So when your eye hits the label of a plastic juice bottle, you may look at grams instead of milligrams and start to compare the various juice bottles on the shelves, not realizing some juices list sugar in grams and other juice labels list sugar levels in milligrams. Maybe it’s time you made your own smoothie without all that sugar from various fruit concentrates. Basically, if you eat a lot of fruit, you’re getting a lot of grams of sugar, even if it’s in the fruit itself with no sugar added from outside sources.
Here’s How to Make Your Own Super Food Smoothie
Here’s how to make a super food smoothie. You pour a cup of tart cherry juice into your 64 ounce blender. Add another cup of sweet cherry puree or frozen pitted cherries, 2 purple carrots (peeled and cleaned), add a cup of carrot juice, 1/2 red beet, peeled and cleaned, 1/8 of large, peeled sweet potato, 7 strawberries, either frozen or cleaned fresh strawberries, 1/2 plum, pit removed, 1/2 cup kernels of sweet corn, (optional for those allergic to corn), 1/2 apple, seeds removed, 20 soaked, soft chickpeas/garbanzos, juice of 1/2 large lemon, 1/4 teaspoon of vitamin C powder and one 750 mg capsule of bioflavonoids, one vitamin D3 softgel (optional), one vitamin E soft gel (with all parts of the vitamin E in there –gamma, delta, etc, included.)
Then add one mixed vitamin B complex capsule contents. You can remove the powdered vitamin B complex and add it to the mixture. Or use one multivitamin that contains vitamin A, D, B, and C instead–your choice. The addition of vitamins is optional in this smoothie.
Then add to this mix in your blender one teaspoon of chia seeds, which has a balance of omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids. You also may add as optional, one teaspoon of cod liver oil, such as Carlson’s lemon flavored cod-liver oil to this mix. One other option is 1/8 teaspoon of nopales powder and 1/4 teaspoon of green papaya powder. Optional is 1/2 teaspoon of grapefruit pectin powder. Mix thoroughly in your blender for a minute. You can serve 3 or 4 people on this smoothie or save it in the refrigerator for you to drink about one 16-ounce cup daily until it’s gone.
What’s Raw Green Papaya Powder?
If you’re looking for information on green papaya powder, check out the website, Live Superfoods Green Papaya Powder. According to this website, papaya, when picked in a mature green state, contains papain and chymonpapain, two important enzymes that break down proteins and aid digestion. These enzymes dissipate as the fruit ripens, and they are not present in fully ripe papaya. Therefore, this type of organic papaya powder is made from fruits that are picked green, before they lose their enzymatic value.
Evidence suggests that raising one’s digestive enzyme levels can strengthen the immune system. Papaya enzymes also have the ability to penetrate the tissues and help dissolve injured and hardened tissues, and thus may help alleviate hardening of the arteries. Papaya powder can be taken with meals to enhance the digestion, or between meals to maximize enzymatic action outside of the digestive system.
Papain acts to thoroughly digest protein, and frees amino acids for quick absorption. It works in acid, alkaline, or neutral environments, and is especially valuable for the aged or anyone who has weak digestion due to enzyme deficiencies. Papaya is the only known source of papain. The fruit also contains chymonpapain, an even stronger protein-digesting enzyme.
These enzymes dissipate as the fruit ripens, and they are not present in fully ripe papaya. Therefore, this type of papaya powder is made from fruits that are picked green, before they lose their enzymatic value.
Other phytonutrients in green papaya help create a healthier intestinal tract by restoring proper intestinal flora. Carpaine, an alkaloid found in green papaya, reportedly has antibacterial properties that neutralize many types of harmful bacteria and parasites. The enzymes in papaya can also enhance carbohydrate and fat digestion.
Evidence suggests that raising one’s digestive enzyme levels can strengthen the immune system. Papaya enzymes also have the ability to penetrate the tissues and help dissolve injured and hardened tissues, and thus may help alleviate hardening of the arteries. Green papaya powder is also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, and E, B factors, potassium, and magnesium.
Papaya powder can be taken with meals to enhance the digestion, or between meals to maximize enzymatic action outside of the digestive system. This particular type of green papaya powder from the company, Live Superfoods, notes that the green papaya powder is drum-dried at low temperatures (below 110 degrees) and contains no additives or carriers.
What’s Nopales Powder?
If you’re looking for nopales powder, check out the website, Nopal Powder, Organic, Raw 150 servings. Organic Nopal Powder may lower blood sugar, reduce cholesterol and provide your body with essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Nopales, also called nopalitos or cactus pads are eaten in Mexican folkloric medicine by some as a traditional food eaten by some people with people with diabetes or high blood pressure.
According to the website, Organic Authority, in the article, “Go green, Dietitians Say,” there’s a quote on the website, “Not only is it low in calories, at 22 calories per cup, but the vegetable is also low in sodium and high in fiber,” says Jo Ann Carson, PhD, RD, a professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern. “In addition, a cup contains more calcium than an ounce of cheese and about half the potassium of a banana.”
And from Natural News.com, see, Read A Review by Clicking here to read recommendation of Good Cause Wellness Nopal at NaturalNews.com. Click here to go to FAQ.
Nopal, also known as prickly pear cactus, is a succulent cactus indigenous to the Southwestern United States and Mexico. (It’s depicted on the Mexican flag.) Nopal has been used as a food and medicine since 900 AD. According to the Nopales website, the benefits of organic nopales powder include the following information: The site notes, that nopal powder, regulates blood sugar levels. Also, according to the website research shows that, “Nopal is effective in stabilizing and regulating blood sugar levels. With regulated blood sugar levels, you’ll have more energy, less fatigue and in general, an elevated mood.”
Nopal works by slowing digestion of carbohydrates that inhibits insulin production, according to the Nopales website. It may help strengthen the liver and pancreas which makes it easier for your body to convert sugar into stored glycogen that supplies the body with energy.
Studies show nopales helps to reduce cholesterol. Nopal delivers amino acids, fiber and B3 that may work to reduce cholesterol, tri-glyceride and LDL levels. Studies, according to the nopales website, suggest that Nopal breaks down fat and fatty acids and purges excess bile acid that is converted into cholesterol. Niacin (B3), an important element of Nopal, helps transform LDL (bad) cholesterol to HDL (good).
The point is that according to the nopales website, nopales supplies all essential amino acids. Nopal is one of the few plants containing all essential amino acids in an absorbable-branched chain. The essential amino acids are isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine. Amino acids are used by every one of the 30 trillion cells in an adult human body.
Actually, nopal contains 17 amino acids that help play a role in body functions by repairing and maintaining muscles, organs, nails, hair, skin, ligaments, and glands. So a half teaspoon of nopales powder in your smoothie has minerals and vitamins that help to cleanse your body, including the liver and pancreas by delivering minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, and iron. The vitamins in nopales are vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C.
The idea is to improve your immunity. Nopal contains phytochemicals which helps your immune system to fight off pathogens.
Check out the “Good Cause Wellness Organic Nopal Powder” website. This company’s nopal powder contains freeze-dried nopal powder and nothing else. It’s processed from certified organically grown nopal. There are no preservatives or pesticides and it contains no starch, sugar, corn, soy, wheat or dairy products. Certified Kosher and non-GMO.
The suggested does is to dissolve only 1/8th of a teaspoon in a glass of water or other liquid twice daily. So you don’t need to use more than 1/4 of a teaspoon per day. In one container you get about 150 servings of 1/8 teaspoons taken twice daily. Just store it in a cool, dry place, such as a cupboard. Or put it in a covered glass jar in your pantry. You get about 600 mg of nopal per serving. The nopal originates in Mexico. For a complete Certificate of Analysis for the company’s Organic Nopal Powder, click here.