I love Kermit the Frog, he is right, it is not easy being green. Growing up I loved The Muppets, especially Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog. I could relate to Miss Piggy…..chubby, loves makeup and has an attitude. It annoyed me, even at a young age, that Kermit was always rejecting Miss Piggy. She was beautiful, why did she have to chase him? He should have been knocking down Miss Piggy’s door.
I digress…Anyways, it’s not easy been green, especially when “green” means eating “Green Foods and Drinks,” which Dr. Bowden defines as wheatgrass, barley grass, microalgae, spirulina, chlorella and wild blue-green alga. I’ve never been into the wheatgrass shots, which were widely available in the ’90s with the pop-up of smoothie shops on every corner.
All of these “green foods” have one thing in common: chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the substance that makes plants appear green and acts as a natural blood purifier. This is important because our immune system creates complexes that attacks foreign substances in our blood stream. The chlorophyll assists our bodies in cleaning out the “sludge” can can cause damage.
Another interesting benefit is that chlorophyll acts as a blood builder because the molecular structure of red blood cells and chlorophyll is virtually identical, with the exception of the atom, which is iron in red blood cells and magnesium in chlorophyll. This is why chlorophyll is called “the blood of plant life.”
“Green foods” also work in your body by balancing your pH levels. A wide variety of stressors cause acidity in your body, including stress, sugar and even loud music, but these alkaline substances (spirulina, algae and chlorella) balance your pH levels. Balanced pH levels contribute towards increasing resistance to disease and mobilizing healing forces.
Dr. Howard Lutz, director of the Institute of Preventative Medicine in Washington, D.C., has said that barley juice “improves stamina, sexual energy, clarity of thought, and reduces addiction to things that are bad for you. It also improves the texture of the skin and heals dryness associated with aging.” Wow! If you want to find this little gem, look in the health food store for “Green magma.”
Wheatgrass juice has been sown to cleanse the lymph system, restore balance in the body and remove toxic metals from the cells. It is recommended to only have 2 ounces at a time (which I don’t think would be a problem.)
Spirulina is also highly beneficial because it contains phycocyanin, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Chlorella is similar to Spirulina, but has more chlorophyll and nucleic acids. It has a high amount of fatty acids, 20% are omega-3s.
Now, if you are like me, you are probably asking yourself, OK, that is great that “grasses” are so good for me, but where the heck do I get these?
Well, I found the perfect solution in Starbucks!! Yeah, that’s right peeps, no trek to a health food store or lengthy search online for supplements, I found Naked Juice sitting right there in the refrigerator section at Starbucks. The Naked Juice that I tried is called “Green Machine” and it is not only delicious and nutritious, but it has several of these green grasses, including:
- Blue Green Algae
- Barley Grass
- Wheat Grass
Wow! Not only that, but this little bottle also packs in broccoli, spinach, ginger, garlic, apples, bananas, kiwi, mango, pineapple and parsley. I actually bought this for my daughter when I was getting my daily Grande Misto with nonfat milk and extra foam. My daughter loves it and now asks for it every time we go to Starbucks. Now, at 140 calories for 8 oz. I do caution portion control for us dieters. I personally do not like to “drink” my calories, which I mentioned before, but I think that if this is allocated in your diet as a “snack” then it is a great addition.
Try it out next time you go to Starbucks and let me know what you think. It really doesn’t taste “green” does it?