Have you ever thought about making your own organic superfood greens powder?
This is quite new for me. I only got into making my own greens powder this year. I’ve had pre-made greens powders in the past, but it’s not something I take often as they can be quite expensive!
My journey to making my own superfood greens powder started when my family and I couldn’t keep up with the amount of kale, spinach, lettuce, etc. that was growing in our veggie patch. A lot of it was spoiling, and I felt like it was going to waste by throwing it in the compost, as later during the winter months, our greens supply goes right down and it would be great to have all these nutritious greens then. *enter this greens powder*
Are powdered greens really that good for you?
We often hear about all these superfood products coming out that are “a must” to include in our diets, but it can be hard (and pricey) to keep up with them all. Plus, they don’t always work (some are even very poor quality). So, is harvesting greens, dehydrating them, blitzing them into a powder, then adding that powder to smoothies, soups, etc. really that beneficial?
The short answer… YES! And the great thing about it is you only need a small amount to receive it’s powerful nutritional benefits! (as the powder is a concentrated form).
Can a greens powder replace vegetables?
I would say definitely no. I’ve written a post before discussing why it’s not possible to out supplement a poor diet, and the main reason why is there are many parts that contribute to overall health (sleep, exercise, healthy eating, supplementing when needed, reducing stress, etc.) and they’re all necessary to achieve a healthy state of being. If you were to consume solely protein shakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you’d be getting plenty of protein and a few other nutrients, but what about all these other vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, etc. You’d be cutting out so many other vital nutrients your body requires to thrive.
The benefits of consuming a variety of whole foods are that they come with a range of vitamins, minerals, fats, protein, phytochemicals, etc. Plus, they contain nutrient pairs. These are nutrients that need one another for proper absorption in the body. For example, iron is absorbed twice as well by the body when paired with vitamin C.
I used a lot of kale from my garden (the last of the crop in our garden as we headed into winter) + I used some early pumpkin seedlings that were just starting to sprout through in our garden (I usually pull them out and pop them in our compost, as I don’t want a pumpkin patch taking over our veggie patch, but this was the perfect opportunity to use them up – and they’re actually a great source of a variety of nutrients!). You want to use pumpkin greens in their early stages (as pictured here), as they can develop a spikey, furry coating which can be unpleasant to eat.
As often as possible, we want to be eating fresh, organic, locally-grown produce. However, during the wintertime, it can be challenging to source fresh seasonal greens, and those greens from the grocery store have likely travelled a looooong way to get there (if they aren’t seasonal).
Adding in a teaspoon of homemade greens powder can be a great way to give your body a little nutrient boost during the winter months when those veggies aren’t available.
What do you mix a greens powder with?
The options are limitless with what you can do with a greens powder! Some of the many options include:
- Scrambled eggs or omelette
- Cookies, muffins, baked goods
- Protein bars
- Fruit roll-ups
As well as the kale and pumpkin seedlings, I also collected a range of herbs from my herb garden; things like thyme, oregano, mint, rosemary, viola, parsley, and a few items I bought from our local store, such as swiss chard, spinach, and alfalfa sprouts.
What greens can be dehydrated to use in a greens powder?
There really is no limit here either. Almost any edible greens can be used to make a greens powder. Some common examples include:
- Lettuce/salad greens
- Swiss chard
- Beet greens
- Carrot greens
- Dandelion greens
- Mustard greens
- Barley grass
- Oat grass
- Alfalfa grass
- Brassica leaves (broccoli, cauliflower, etc.)
- Celery leaves
- Collard greens
- Pumpkin leaves (you betcha! I only recently learnt about this one)
- Radish greens
Choose raw or cooked and prepare accordingly.
Cooking or steaming greens reduces the amount of oxalic acid, which may be a good option for those with certain health conditions such as kidney stones.
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If you make this greens powder, please let me know! Leave a comment below, and if you take a picture and share it, please tag me on Instagram @simplynaturalnessa or use the hashtag #simplynaturalnessa so I can see! I’d love to know how it went for you!
More on supplements:
- What To Look For In a Multivitamin
- What To Look For In a Protein Shake
- Why it’s Not Possible to Out Supplement a Poor Diet
DIY Super Greens Powder
Making your own greens powder has quite a few perks; 1) it’s a great way to use leftover greens 2) it saves money, and you get to be the decider of what ingredients you would like to go in it!
Servings: 16 tbsp
- 10 cups greens (salad greens, beet greens, spinach, kale, carrot greens, herbs, etc.)
- Harvest & collect greens.
- Wash (if needed) and dry well.
- Line dehydrator tray with greens.
- Dehydrate at 43°C-51°C (110°F-125°F) for approx. 4-8 hours or until greens are crispy and completely dry.
- Place dried greens into a food processor or high powered blender and process until a fine powder forms.
- Store in an airtight container (a mason jar works great!) in a cool, dry, dark place.
- If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can use a baking tray/cookie sheet and dehydrate the greens in your oven with the light on and the door cracked (to let moisture out). This method will take longer, so keep checking throughout and remove when greens are completely dry.
- Be sure that greens are completely dry before blending as any moisture will cause the greens to go mouldy.
- It’s important to store your greens powder in a cool, dark dry place away from light. You can also use dark amber-coloured glass jars to prolong the life of your greens.
Super greens powder recipe tutorial
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing.
Have you made a greens powder before? How did it go? Share below! We’d love hear!
Lots of love,
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