Why are we always reminded to eat more greens? Everyone knows that leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, kale and chard are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber and other essential nutrients. To be a bit more specific, these dark-coloured greens are rich in for example folic acid, vitamin C + K, iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium plus they contain an array of phytonutrients such as eye-protecting lutein, cancer-fighting antioxidants and immune boosting vitamin A precursor beta-carotene.In addition to the familiarly healthy dark leafy greens, you might have recently heard some fuss about a certain other type of green, wheatgrass; the sprouted* form of the wheat grain.
Wheatgrass is packed with vitamins and minerals (potassium, magnesium and iron being the most significant ones) and contains all the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. The amino acids in wheatgrass are needed for our muscle growth and cell generation – they are the building blocks of protein. Thanks to chlorophyll, the agent that makes green veggies green, wheatgrass also builds blood and normalizes blood pressure as well as cleanses the body and has antibacterial properties. Due to its notable vitamin range, wheatgrass (obviously) boosts your immune system also.I’m not even going to pretend that all the possible health benefits of consuming leafy greens and wheatgrass were mentioned in the introduction, but I assume you got the idea. If you are already conscientiously eating more than enough greens at lunch and dinner like I do, but still wouldn’t mind having some extra, an easy way to increase the greens intake is to add them into your smoothies or breakfast bowls. As I am a sweet breakfast kind of person, my favourite greener breakfast a green smoothie brekky bowl sweetened with fruit.
Full of cleansing wheatgrass and nutrient-packed spinach, this green goodness breakfast bowl is a true detoxifier for the body. Blended with sweet banana, crisp kiwis and some organic yogurt it still has a very nice, sweet and rather mild fruity flavour.
*Sprouting increases significantly the nutrient content of any food so sprouted “living” foods in general are something that you might want to start adding to your diet.
Cleansing green brekky bowl (Banana-Kiwi-Spinach-Wheatgrass)
What you will need:
1 big banana
2 frozen kiwis
a handful of baby spinach
1,5dl natural (organic) yogurt (or dairy free yogurt)
1tsp wheatgrass powder – I use Organic Burst
How to do it?
- The night before (or earlier), chop your kiwis and freeze them overnight. You don’t need to peel them but remove the hard parts.
- In the morning, simply process all your ingredients in your smoothie machine or with a stick blender until smooth. You can leave some banana for toppings/decoration.
- Top with berries, muesli, seeds or whatever you like and enjoy!