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Make Your Own Homemade Healthy Green Powder
Who doesn’t need more greens in their lives? Everyone can benefit from green veggies, but how many of us really eat as many as we should? If you aren’t using green powder, maybe it’s time that you did! All it takes is about two teaspoons each day.
Think of green powder as a multivitamin on steroids. Green powder offers you all the vitamins and minerals of a multivitamin, but they it also includes probiotics, prebiotic, disease preventing antioxidants, and nutrients for detoxification.
Those two teaspoons of green powder can offer as much as 81 of the vital ingredients that the body needs every day. You can add green powder to your green smoothies, fruit smoothies, salads, soups, eggs, hamburger, casseroles, and lasagna, even just plain water suddenly becomes a power drink when you add green powder!
One of the main problems with green powder is the cost. If you really want to use it, but have a hard time forking over the dough for a can of green powder, you are not alone. Also, who can really be sure of the ingredients in any store bought powder?
Save a small fortune and make your own green powder! You will be surprised at just how easy it is! All you really need is a food processor (a blender might work but a food processors really grind into a fine powder) and an airtight container.
Keep reading to find out exactly how you can make your own fresh green powder.
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1. Collect the Veggies
Pick out your favorite greens or veggies. If you aren’t sure where to start, try common favorites like kale, chard, spinach, or celery (find out the healthiest vegetables). Wash them well and set aside.
2. Dry Them Up
Most people use a dehydrator because it is quicker, but you don’t really need one. You can slice them up and place them on a screen in a sunny window. You can also place them outside but be sure flies and ants can’t get to your veggies! Another method is to slice them up and then place them on a cookie sheet. Place this in your oven at 110 to 125 degrees. It might take about 4 to 8 hours depending on the veggies you have chosen and your humidity levels. Many people put their veggies in the oven overnight so they are ready in the morning.
3. Clean Them Up
Some thicker greens, such as kale or collard greens, have stems at the bottom that get very hard, almost wood like, after they are dried. These are extremely difficult to turn into powder so it’s best to remove those pieces.
4. Break Out the Food Processor
The finer your powder is, the better it will blend into your food. Pulverize your dried veggies until they are as fine a powder as they can be. You can strain your powder through a mesh screen, like a flour sifter, and re-blend any larger pieces or you can toss them out. Pour this into an airtight container and keep in a cool, dark place. You can put it in your refrigerator, but it really isn’t necessary.
That’s it! The drying time is what will take up the bulk of the time involved, but greens can be place in the oven and left to dry out overnight, so there is really no more work involved on your part. Be sure you take the full recommended dose (two teaspoons) and do so consistently. Taking a green powder supplement every now and then won’t give you the optimal health benefits you are looking for.
Your diet is paramount to your health and you should always make the bulk of it whole foods, organic fruits and vegetables, with some healthy fats. Supplements, even green powder, isn’t meant to replace good eating habits, but rather to enhance a healthy nutritional profile.