Top 3 Greens Blends Worth Checking Out

Greens blends have become one of the top health trends these days. I started making green smoothies and beverages over a year ago and can honestly say they have made a positive difference in my overall wellbeing.

Because I’m always on the go and traveling, I can never predict what I’ll be eating throughout the day, no matter how much I plan. So I start every day off with either a green smoothie or add some organic greens powder into my water in the morning.

There are many health benefits associated with adding greens to your diet including:

-getting the recommended 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily

-supports a healthy immune system

-easy to digest

-alkalizes, detoxifies and energizes the body

-enhances your nutrient profile

etc.

I have tried a handful of greens blends but my top 3 are the following:

1) Life’s Abundance Greens Blend Berry Flavor – I love the taste of Life’s Abundance greens blend, it can added to a smoothie or just mixed with water. They’ve also added a certified organic blend of reishi, maitake, and shitake mushrooms to provide a vegetarian source of iron and B vitamins, and also a great source of phytonutrients and antioxidants.

2) Genuine Health Greens+ O Vegan Natural Acai Mango – This greens blend from Genuine Health is great because they add ingredients like organic spirulina, Atlantic dulse seaweed, chlorella, alfalfa grass, ginkgo balboa, grape seed extract, chia seeds, and sunflower lecithin to their greens mix. This nourishing superfood is a great energy booster.

3) Botanica Unflavoured Organic Greens – Because it is unflavoured, the Botanica greens goes great in morning smoothies and contains some key beneficial ingredients such as barley, wheat grasses and leafy greens, that are all rich in nutrients and vitamins that your body needs.

It is always best to be consistent and also take the recommend dose of greens in order to attain its optimal health benefits. That said, there are tons of qualified holistic nutritionists as well as great books out there that can help you make the best and most education decision for yourself and whether or not you need to add these greens to your diet. What works for someone may not necessarily work for someone else, so it’s best to always do your homework first.

5 Questions With: Joy McCarthy

Joy-McCarthy

I met Joy McCarthy at a special Greens+ Extra Energy event in Toronto a few weeks ago. She was giving a talk about the product and also about health and nutrition. I was immediately drawn to what she was saying as well as her super positive energy. Joy is not only a new mom, she is also an author, a holistic nutritionist, a speaker and the founder of the website Joyous Health. I became a big fan of her health and wellness website after the talk so I am thrilled she can share some of her knowledge with us on the blog today!

1) What first got you interested in nutrition and health? 

I’ve been interested in nutrition and health as long as I can remember. However, I realized the true healing power of foods when I had my own health transformation about 15 years ago.

2) What do you think are the biggest misconceptions about what it means to eat healthy?

That you need to deprive yourself and that healthy food isn’t tasty or enjoyable. These misconceptions couldn’t be further from the truth!

3) What are three key foods active women should absolutely include into their diets?

1- Protein such as beans, lentils, quinoa, eggs, fish, chicken and in smoothies adding a high quality protein powder.

2- Plenty of colourful vegetables to ensure a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  Again, supplementing with a green superfood like Greens+ is a great way to boost your intake.

3- Raw nuts and seeds. These provide fiber, good fat, protein and they are portable! Great for snacking on the go.

4) What are some of your go-to fitness workouts to keep you in shape?

I love Barre classes and yoga. But something I do every single day, rain or shine is walking. I think walking is one of the best forms of exercise. It’s free and it’s a great way to boost your mood and refresh your mind.

5) What’s the most important thing women should do in 2016 to achieve health & wellness?

Make self-care a priority. Women by our very nature are nurturing and always taking care of other people. More often then not many women put others needs before their own. Taking time for self-care is not selfish – it helps you be more productive in all areas of life and happier.