Superfoods are definitely the rage, but it can be overwhelming with just how many different products there are, and what they all claim to do!
We totally agree that these superfoods are a must have addition for a healthy diet, so we decided it might be easier for folks to give them a try if we put them in bulk, and did some fast facts on each of the superfoods we stock. (See our previous posts by clicking on the word for Chia Seeds & Hemp Hearts)
Here is a list of the Superfoods we currently have in in bulk: (All our bulk products are organic) Tell us what you would like to try and we’ll see about bringing it in.
Manitoba Hemp Hearts
Manitoba Flax Seeds
*Ask us for recipe suggestions too! We’ve found some awesome ones that you can use those superfoods in!
We mentioned in a previous post that we also stock bulk organic sprouts. Sprouts are another awesome way to add nutrients into your diet, plus it’s so awesome to have some fresh greens growing in the winter! Read more here!
I had been feeling tired and a little sluggish no matter how much I slept, and basically not really myself, so I decided a juice cleanse sounded like a good idea! Not to mention, I have been taking an online nutrition course, and was having a real good understanding of what our body does for us, therefore thought I should show it some love!
I had attempted a juice cleanse only one other time, but found it very time-consuming as I was using my home juicer, and because I’m on the go (boys play hockey, need I say more!), not very convenient.
I had been wanting to visit the Green Carrot Juice Company, to try out their fresh pressed juices, then I saw the twitter feed that they were now offering juice cleanses, (you can do either a 1 day or a 3 day), it was kinda of like the universe telling me that is what I needed! Since I’m an “all in” kind of person, I opted for the 3 day!
Green Carrot suggests you prepare yourself before the cleanse by eating lighter each day, eliminate starchy foods and adding in lots of veggies!
Received my juices (they deliver!), cracked open the “Morning Greens”, which is a combination of Kale, Spinach, Cucumber, Celery, Apple, Ginger & Lemon. Was expecting it to taste “greenie” so prepared myself, but was pleasantly surprised by how delicious, not to mention fresh it tasted! Slurped that down no problem, while I read through the little booklet of instructions and tips.
There are 6 juices for each day, so you want to spread them out, with the last one being 2 hours before bed. Drink lots of water throughout the day, and be prepared for a headache!
Next up is the one they call “Amp”, Apple, Mint and Pineapple! A refreshing blend that had me envisioning warm tropics, sitting in a law chair with an umbrella drink! Love it!
Mid afternoon is another “Morning Greens”, followed by a “Beet It” which is made up of Beet, Carrot, Orange & Ginger. The “Beet It” was probably my least favorite but not in bad way, it was just a strong beet taste, that overpowered the other ingredients.
Dinner, early eve I was able to enjoy “Hardcore Greens” loaded with Apple, Celery, Cucumber, Parsley, Spinach, Kale, Romaine Lettuce, Ginger, Lemon, Lime, Flax oil and Aloe Vera! Were talking loaded here! Taste was okay, you know this one just has to be good for you!
Finally, finishing off with “Bliss”, which is basically your little treat for making it through the whole day! Bliss contains a delightful combination of, Almond milk, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Organic Cane Sugar & Medjool Dates! YUM is all I can say!
I also started taking a probiotic to help repopulate the good flora and keep the ol’ bod in balance!
A couple other recommendations from Green Carrot are to Dry Brush (we have wonderful Merben dry body brushes available at Generation Green), as well they suggest sweating either with sauna or steam room, or even light exercise will help flush the toxins out, just remember to rinse off otherwise it’s being reabsorbed into your body. Also, massage! Speaking my language here! Apparently if you let your massage therapist know you’re doing a cleanse, they can massage the liver and that could increase the effects of the cleanse.
The little booklet that you get with your cleanse, also gives you great tips for post cleanse, and easing back into eating.
So how did I do? Well, I did start getting a headache mid afternoon on day 1, but since I was expecting it I managed through, even while working a 12 hour shift! I wasn’t hungry at all actually, which was very surprising! Just needed lots of bathroom breaks 😉
Day 2 I woke with a bad headache, that just kept getting worse, but I still really thought I could manage with it. Especially after a visit to my store from Obby (owner of Green Carrot). Unfortunately, by late afternoon I was in pretty rough shape and needed to eat 🙁 I did continue drinking the juices for the day as well as the next, as they really are quite delicious, but added in some light meals as well.
I had originally thought that doing the cleanse while at work would be a great distraction, but maybe with my next attempt I will opt for the cozy confines of home, really making the whole process a nurturing, self-care event.
I really do support the idea of giving your body a break once in awhile by doing a cleanse like this one, but I also think it’s important that everyday we think about what we are putting into our bodies, as most disease and health issues start within your gut. Although each of our organs has a specific function, they also function as part of a group, very much like a machine that we need to maintain, service and keep well fueled!
We’ve noticed an increasing interest in sprouts and microgreens. It could possibly be that more people are becoming aware of the health benefits they receive, as both are high in nutrients. Not to mention, there is the added bonus of being able to have access to them all year-long.
So easy to do, inexpensive, lots of varieties to try out, and can easily be added into your diet. Try microgreens or sprouts in anything from salads to soups to sandwiches!
Though their growing methods as well as flavors are different, both the sprouts and micro greens have been beneficial for their similar high nutrition and fiber content. While sprouts are the germinating seeds that can be eaten raw in salads, sandwiches etc. or cooked in certain delicious recipes, micro greens are micro vegetables i.e. tiny form of vegetables produced from the seeds of various plants or herbs. They are larger in size than sprouts being about 1 to 3 inches long including a single stem and leaves. Microgreens are a popular ingredient in restaurants due to their distinct flavors and textures.
The basic difference between sprouts and micro greens lies in their growing methods. While sprouts are seeds soaked in water, micro greens are planted and harvested like other plants. Read on for more details.
For sprouting, a dense supply of seeds are soaked in water for about 8 hours and then, placed in a wet cloth bag or even a mason jar, to provide the warm, humid environment ideal for the development of sprouts. The cloth is repeatedly rinsed to keep the seeds moist and after 1-2 days depending on the type of seeds and weather conditions, the seeds begin to germinate and are ready for consumption.
On the other hand, few seeds for micro greens are planted in the soil with abundant supply of sunlight and air circulation but low humidity. As a less number of seeds are planted, each plant gets ample space for its growth and development. The average growing time for micro greens is 7 to 14 days. Once the leaves are fully grown, the micro greens are harvested by cutting the stem with the help of scissors just above the soil surface leaving the roots behind.
As micro greens are harvested with the stem and leaves, they offer a variety of strong intense flavors, textures as well as colors making them a suitable ingredient for flavoring dishes, garnishing etc. Sprouts, however, have a milder taste, but variations could include crunchy textures as well.
The health benefits of both are quite similar i.e. rich in nutrients and antioxidants but the growing method of micro greens which involves photosynthesis makes them more nutritious as compared to sprouts. Also, as micro greens grow in soil, they tend to absorb the minerals from the soil too which further, enhances their nutritional content.
Whether sprouts or micro greens, they are both packed with nutrients and adding them to your diets will only increase diet benefits while keeping the calorie count down, so start adding these little greens into your diet!