Given green smoothies are big on using fresh raw greens, the topic of using green powder scan be somewhat controversial. For some, using a green powder is what makes their green drink ‘green’, however for some green smoothie purists, its cheating.
I believe using a green powder has its place under certain circumstances, namley:
- You have run out of greens – this does happen!
- If variety of greens is limited
- You have a brand that is reputable and of excellent quality
- Traveling or staying with friends/family where having a smoothie may not even be an option
My choice is Deep Green Alkalising Superfood.
Deep Green is raw, vegan, and contains certified organic blue-green algae, green grass juices and leafy green vegetables. Specifically sprulina, cold-temperature dried alfalfa, barley, kamut, oat and wheat grass juice powders. Freeze-dried pure spinach, kale, parsley, collard, and nettle powders.
Having this variety in a formulation is great as we can get key nutrients from specific greens. For example, SOD (the antioxidant Super Oxide Dismutase) from barely grass, chromium from nettles, tyrosine and GLA from spirulina, Vit C and betacarotene in parsely, over 40 bioflavanoids in alfalfa, isothiocyanates and Vit K in kale, complete vitamin and essential amino acid profile of wheat grass, folate and manganese in spinach, selenium and zinc in kamut grass, iron and calcium in oat grass, 4 cancer preventing glucosinolates in collards. How amazing are greens!!
Most grass powders in the market use processing methods that involve spray drying with high heat and oxygen exposure, which damage and denature enzymes and nutrients. Furthermore, many grass juice powders are diluted with maltodextrin and other cheap fillers like rice bran, flax seed or legumes.
Unlike horses and cows, humans can’t digest the tough cellulose cell walls present in grasses, which means we miss out on the nutrients locked inside them. Grass juices make these nutrients bioavailalble and Deep Green only utilises grass juice powders in the formula.
Concentrated and dense – 1 teaspoon of Deep Green powder is equivalent to over 60ml (2 fl.oz) of fresh green juices. Perfect in a smoothie or mixed in water or juice as needed.