When I read that moringa is a plant that has more vitamins, minerals, proteins, anti-oxidants and amino-acids than any other food in the world, my first thought was “I need to add this to my morning smoothies!” So I did.
Moringa is a genus of shrubs and trees with multi-purpose uses: its leaves, roots and immature pods are consumed as a vegetable. The leaves are used fresh or dried and ground into powder (from the Food & Agricultural Organization website). All parts of the moringa tree are edible; isn’t that cool?
The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant, which is why Green Virgin Products uses 100% leaves in their moringa powder. It’s the only ingredient in the product; I love finding packaged products that aren’t loaded with additives and preservatives!
Just one package of this powder has 60 servings, which is great. Available for purchase on their website, the package retails for $49.95, which comes out to less than a dollar per serving. The super-nutritious powder contains:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
According to WebMD, the plant is used to combat anemia); arthritis and other joint pain; asthma; cancer; constipation; diabetes; diarrhea; epilepsy; stomach pain; stomach and intestinal ulcers; intestinal spasms; headache; heart problems; high blood pressure; kidney stones; fluid retention; thyroid disorders; and bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections. It’s basically a cure-all, and I love working items such as this into my daily meals.
I made my smoothie with tart cherry juice, aloe water, lemon juice, acai berry powder, moringa powder, a frozen apple banana, ice and chia seeds. It looks like mud, I’m aware, but it tasted great! Even Kiyo, who usually holds his nose and chugs my green morning concoctions, made a comment that this is the best green powder I’ve used. I’m telling you, coming from him after two years of green smoothies, that means a lot! He noticed on his own; I didn’t even mention to him that I’d used something new. The moringa powder flavor is less intense than many other green powders I’ve used, and the texture is better because it’s ground so fine (you can tell in the first picture in this post). I know it’s probably hard to believe from this smoothie picture, but it does have a good taste. I’m definitely keeping this new ingredient in my morning smoothies!
Have you tried anything new and interesting lately?