Yeah- I here ya on the greens powder front. Things like Vital Greens or any of those nutrient dense Chlorophyll rich greens powders are awesome, particularly when you are travelling and know you aren’t going to be eating your usual array of veggies. And yes, I use them.
But- if you are on a tight budget- most of these ‘mass marketed’ super foods are not super necessary.
Particularly when the most humble ingredient is the most potent!
My superfoods are found in my spice rack – not the Amazon. Lined up in a perfect alphabetic row, I get to pick and mix which nutritional powerhouse I am using for the day.
With all my spices I try to buy the whole form of the spice, not the powder.
Spices contain delicate oils in them that can quickly deteriorate once ground to a fine powder. Buying the spice pre ground in a plastic packet that has been sitting in your supermarket for who knows how long is a sure fire why to ingest rancid oils and funny tasting food!
Finally I almost always buy the organic version, or source a quality company.
Buying fresh good quality spices is not a cost commitment and the taste difference is phenomenal!
My favorite spice, whose nutrient density is astounding, is the humble clove.
– The highest-ranking food on the ORAC scale, (used to assess the antioxidant content of food)
To put clove’s nutrient density into perspective, blueberries have an ORAC score of 2,400 whereas cloves have an ORAC score of 10 million.(And the much hyped Goji a mere 23,000) That means that a 15ml bottle of Oil of Clove has the same amount of antioxidants as 150 litres of blueberry juice. That’s a lot of berries.
– A source of Omega 3 Fats. While only containing a minimal amount…every little bit counts to our body.
– A fabulous source of Manganese- a trace mineral heavily involved in normal brain function
– In its pure oil state (eugenol extract) clove has been used in dentistry as an anesthetic and anti-bacterial. Hence when I feel a sore throat coming on I gargle/swallow oil of clove and BAM potential cold is gone. (No jokes…this and Elderflower extract – but I digress)
So as you can see, spices are far more ‘super’ than your dehydrated ‘health food’ powder and the advantages of applying and eating clove and its essential oil are far bigger than most ‘health food marketers’ would have you believe.
Plus- I feel a massive sense of honor using age old ‘remedies’ to heal and nourish my body from the inside out.
As an aside, how do you think you might incorporate some spice into your life? 😉
I tend to add my cloves to my blender and whiz them up before putting the rest of my smoothie ingredients in.