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The Art of Stillness

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The Art of Stillness

 

In a world obsessed with speed and rife with distractions, there are few things that feel better than sitting still, paying attention — and going nowhere. A celebrated travel writer explains how to get there.

 

When I was 29, I had the life I always dreamed of as a boy: a 25th-floor office in Midtown Manhattan, an apartment on Park Avenue and 20th Street, and an endlessly fascinating job. Writing for Time magazine, I covered the fall of apartheid in South Africa, the People Power Revolution of the Philippines, and the turmoil around Indira Gandhi’s assassination. With no dependents or domestic responsibilities, I took long vacations, traveling everywhere from El Salvador to Bali.

 

In the midst of all the daily excitement and accomplishment, however, was a voice inside telling me that I was racing around too fast to really see or enjoy where I was going — or to check whether I was truly happy.

 

Indeed, hurrying around in search of contentment seemed a perfect way of guaranteeing I’d never find it. Too often, I reminded myself of someone going on and on about world peace in the most contentious and divisive terms.

 

So I decided to leave my dream life and spend a year in a small, single room on the backstreets of the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto. At the time I couldn’t have explained exactly why I was doing this, except that I felt I had enjoyed a wonderful diet of movement and stimulation in New York, and it was time to balance that with something simpler. It was time to learn how to make these joys less external and ephemeral and to learn the art of sitting still.

 

Going nowhere — as my boyhood hero, singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, would later tell me — isn’t about turning your back on the world; it’s about stepping away now and then so you can see it more clearly and love it more deeply. These four practices can help you experience more quiet in your daily life, no matter where you are.

 

BE FOR REAL

One day — 4 in the morning at the end of December, to be exact — Cohen took time out from his meditations to meet me for an interview and talk about what he was doing at the Mt. Baldy Zen Center near Los Angeles.

 

Sitting still, he said with unexpected passion, was “the real deep entertainment” he had found in his 61 years on the planet. “Real profound and voluptuous and delicious entertainment. The real feast that is available within this activity.”

 

Was he kidding? Cohen is famous for his mischief and ironies. But as he went on, I realized he wasn’t joking.

 

“What else would I be doing?” he asked. “Would I be starting a new marriage with a young woman and raising another family? Finding new drugs, buying more expensive wine? I don’t know. This seems to me the most luxurious and sumptuous response to the emptiness of my own existence.”

 

As I observed the sense of attention, kindness, and even delight that seemed to come out of Cohen’s life of going nowhere, I began to think about how liberating it might be for any of us to practice sitting still — clearing our heads and quieting our emotions.

 

You could start just by taking a few minutes out of every day to sit quietly and do nothing, letting what moves you rise to the surface. You could enjoy a long walk in the wilderness, or take a few days out of every season to go on retreat, exploring what lies deeper within the moment or yourself.

 

You could, as Cohen was doing, try to find a life in which stage sets and performances disappear and be reminded, at a level deeper than all words, about how making a living and making a life sometimes point in opposite directions.

 

TAKE THE ROAD TO NOWHERE

The idea of going nowhere is as universal as the law of gravity. “All the unhappiness of men,” the 17th-century French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal famously noted, “arises from one simple fact: that they cannot sit quietly in their chamber.”

 

After Admiral Richard E. Byrd spent nearly five months alone in a shack in the Antarctic, in temperatures that sank to 70 degrees below zero, he emerged convinced that “half the confusion in the world comes from not knowing how little we need.”

 

Or, as they sometimes say around Kyoto, “Don’t just do something. Sit there.”

 

Yet the world in which Pascal and even Admiral Byrd lived seems positively tranquil by today’s standards. The amount of data humanity collects while you’re reading a book is five times greater than the amount that exists in the entire Library of Congress. Anyone reading my full book, The Art of Stillness, will take in as much information today as Shakespeare took in during his lifetime. Researchers in the field of interruption science have found that it takes an average of 25 minutes to recover from a phone call. Yet such interruptions come every 11 minutes, on average — which means we’re never caught up with our lives.

 

So the more data that comes streaming in on us, the less time we have to process any of it.

 

The one thing technology doesn’t provide is a sense of how to make the best use of it. The ability to gather information, which used to be so crucial, is far less important now than the ability to sift through it.

 

It’s easy to feel as if you’re standing 2 inches away from a huge canvas that’s crowded and changing every microsecond. It’s only by stepping back and standing still that you can begin to take in the larger picture and see what that canvas — which is your life — really means.

 

UNPLUG AND RECHARGE

I’ve always been surprised to find that the people who have worked to speed up the world are often the same ones most sensitive to the virtue of slowing down.

 

One day I visited Library of Congress headquarters to give a talk on the Dalai Lama book I’d written and, like most visitors, I was impressed by the trampolines, the indoor tree houses, and the freedom that workers had to let their minds wander off leash to wherever inspiration might be hiding.

 

Many Silicon Valley employees observe an Internet Sabbath every week, turning off most of their devices from Friday night to Monday morning, if only to regain the sense of proportion and direction they’ll need when they go back online.

 

There is now a meditation room in every building on the General Mills campus in Minneapolis. Congressman Tim Ryan leads his colleagues in sessions of sitting still, reminding them that, if nothing else, scientists have found that meditation can lower blood pressure, help boost our immune systems, and even change the architecture of our brains.

 

A growing percentage of American companies now have stress-reduction programs, and the number is increasing by the day. More than 30 percent of those enrolled in such a program at Aetna, the giant healthcare company, saw their stress levels drop by a third after only an hour of yoga each week.

 

The computer-chip maker Intel experimented with a quiet period of four hours every Tuesday, during which 300 engineers and managers were asked to turn off their email and phones and put up Do Not Disturb signs on their office doors to make space for “thinking time.” The response proved so enthusiastic that the company inaugurated an eight-week program to encourage clearer thinking.

 

After a similar seven-week program at General Mills, 80 percent of senior executives reported an improvement in their ability to make decisions, and 89 percent said they had become better listeners. Such developments are saving American corporations $300 billion a year; more important, they’re a form of preemptive medicine at a time when the World Health Organization has projected that “stress will be the health epidemic of the 21st century.”

 

It may be strange to see mind training — going nowhere, in effect — being embraced by forward-pushing organizations. And it’s true, the businesses that view mindfulness practices as opportunities for advancing their goals may simply be deploying new and imaginative means to the same un-elevated ends: searching for ways to squeeze ever more productivity from their employees.

 

To me, the point of sitting still is to help you see through the very idea of pushing forward; it leads you to a place where you’re defined by something larger. Its benefits lie within some psychological account with a high interest rate but long-term yields, to be drawn upon at the moment when a doctor walks into the room shaking his head, or another car veers in front of yours, and all you have to draw upon is the clarity and focus you’ve collected in your deeper moments.

 

KEEP THE SABBATH

The one word for which the adjective “holy” is used in the Ten Commandments is “Sabbath.” But keeping the Sabbath — doing nothing for a while — is one of the hardest things in life for me. I’d much rather give up meat or wine or sex than the option of checking my emails or getting on with my work when I want to. If I don’t answer my messages today, I tell myself, there will only be more to answer tomorrow (though, in truth, refraining from sending messages will likely diminish the number I receive). If I take time off, I somehow believe, I’ll be that much more hurried when I return to work.

 

Whenever I finally force myself away from my desk for a day, of course, I find the opposite: The more time I spend away from my work, the better the work will be.

 

One day, Mahatma Gandhi was said to have woken up and told those around him, “This is going to be a very busy day. I won’t be able to meditate for an hour.” His friends were taken aback at this rare break from his discipline. “I’ll have to meditate for two,” he explained.

 

I mentioned this once on a radio program and a woman called in, understandably impatient. “It’s all very well for a male travel writer in Santa Barbara to talk about taking time off,” she said. “But what about me? I’m a mother trying to start a small business, and I don’t have the luxury of meditating for two hours a day.”

 

Yet it’s precisely those who are busiest, I wanted to tell her, who most need to give themselves a break. Stress is contagious. If the overburdened mother could ask her spouse — or her mother or a friend — to look after her kids for 30 minutes a day, I’m sure she’d be more relaxed and have more energy and joy to share with her children (and with her business) when she came back.

 

Space, as Karl Marx explained it in another context, has been annihilated by time. This is especially true today. We feel as though we can connect with anyone, almost anywhere, at any moment. And the more we contact others, the more it seems we lose contact with ourselves.

 

When I left New York City for the backstreets of Kyoto, I figured I’d be growing poorer in terms of money, amusements, social life, and obvious prospects, but I’d be richer in what I prize most: days and hours.

 

This is what the principle of the Sabbath enshrines. It is, as the great Jewish theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel put it, “a cathedral in time rather than in space.”

 

The one day a week we take off becomes a vast empty space through which we can wander, without agenda. It’s like a retreat house that ensures we’ll have something bright and purposeful to carry back into the other six days. The Sabbath reminds us that, in the end, all our journeys have to bring us home.

 

It takes courage, of course, to step out of the fray, just as it takes courage to do anything that’s necessary, whether it’s turning away from that sugarcoated doughnut or tending to a loved one on her deathbed. And with billions of our global neighbors in crying need, with so much in every life that has to be done, it can sound selfish to take a break or go off to a quiet place. But as soon as you sit still, you find that it actually brings you closer to others, in both understanding and sympathy.

 

In any case, few of us have the chance to step out of our daily lives often, or for very long. Nowhere can become somewhere we visit in the quiet corners of our lives by just sitting quietly for 30 minutes every morning (a mere 3 percent of our waking hours). The point of gathering stillness is not to enrich the sanctuary or mountaintop but to bring that calm into the motion and commotion of the world.

 

Because, in an age of speed, nothing can be more invigorating than going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And, in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still.

 

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Homemade Almond MIlk

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Homemade Almond Milk

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

1 cup raw almonds

8 cups filtered water, divided

1/4 teaspoon sea salt, divided

1 small date, pitted (omit for Whole30)

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

Place almonds in a bowl with 4 cups of filtered water and 1/8 teaspoon of the salt and soak for 10 hours or overnight.

Drain the nuts and rinse well. Transfer them to a blender and fill with 4 cups filtered water. Add the date and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and puree until smooth.

Strain the milk through a fine-mesh sieve, a nut milk bag, or doubled cheesecloth. Squeeze to remove all of the liquid. Store in the refrigerator for 5 days.

 

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Beef Cauliflower Rice

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Beef Cauliflower Fried Rice

 

1 pound Top Sirloin, cut into 1/2 –inch cubes

6 tablespoons coconut aminos*

2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

1/3 cup avocado oil

½ small onion, minced

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

1 medium carrot, diced

3 cups riced cauliflower

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1¼ teaspoon sea salt

¼ cup frozen peas

2 scallions, green tops only and chopped

*Gluten-free tamari sauce may be substituted for coconut aminos, but reduce the salt to ¼ teaspoon.

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

Mix the Sirloin in a bowl with 1 tablespoon coconut aminos and 1 teaspoon sesame oil.

Heat half of the avocado oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring continuously, for 2 minutes, until fragrant. Add the carrots and cook, stirring continuously 2 minutes more.

Add the remaining oil and the riced cauliflower and continue cooking and stirring for 4 minutes longer. Transfer the cauliflower mixture to a plate and return the pan to the burner.

Add the Sirloin to the pan and sear it for 30 seconds, then stir continuously until browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer the Sirloin to the plate with the cauliflower. Return the pan to the burner.

Pour the eggs into the pan and stir to scramble them until they’re mostly cooked through. Pour the cauliflower mixture and Sirloin back into the pan and add the remaining sesame oil, coconut aminos, and salt. Stir in the peas, then turn off the heat. Top with chopped scallions and serve hot.

 

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Super Greens

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Super Greens

 

Packed with phytonutrients, supergreens detox, nourish, and heal. Here’s how you can get more of them into your life.

 

They are known as “superfoods” for a reason: The more greens you eat, the less likely you are to develop chronic diseases such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. The problem? Most Americans don’t eat nearly enough dark-green vegetables.

 

On average, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, we get just three daily servings of any kind of produce. And USDA reports suggest that dark, leafy greens don’t come close to ranking among the most commonly eaten veggies.

 

That means a lot of us are missing out on greens’ nutritional benefits, which include boosting immunity, enhancing detoxification, reducing inflammation, improving digestion, and helping maintain a proper acid-base balance in the body.

 

One solution? Taking them in supplement form. “Consuming greens supplements, such as powders and juices, can be a convenient and reliable way to get your necessary daily intake of green vegetables — and then some,” says Michael B. Wald, MD, PhD, ND, director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco in New York.

 

POWER PACKED

So what qualifies a given edible as a “supergreen”?  Exceptional nutritional density. Supergreens are jampacked with nutrients — especially phytonutrients, but also including chlorophyll, digestive enzymes, and fiber — that keep your body healthy and ward off disease.

 

The most common and potent types include young cereal grasses, such as wheat, barley, and alfalfa, along with algae, like spirulina and chlorella.

 

Most are edible in their natural, unprocessed form, but since most American eaters are not inclined to chew on barley grass or add sea greens to their salads, supergreens are offered in powder, capsule, and juice form.

 

Such greens products are typically made from grasses and algae harvested at their peak nutritional state. They are then dried at low temperatures and powdered. Some grasses are picked fresh for processing in juicing machines.

 

“At the early grass stage of their growth, grasses are actually closer to vegetables than grains in nutrient composition,” says Kelly Morrow, MS, RD, from the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Wash.

 

As the cereal grasses mature into the grains used to make bread, Morrow explains, the nutrient makeup of the plant is altered: “There is a loss of some vitamins, such as A and C, and a rise in starch levels.”

 

HIGHLY CONCENTRATED

More than a pound of greens might be used to make a mere ounce of powder. So, cereal grasses and algae can offer far greater nutrient density by volume than most fresh green vegetables you’ll find in the supermarket produce department, says Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, medical advisory board member of the Nutritional Magnesium Association.

 

Here’s what that concentration of nutrients will get you:

 

Detoxification: Cereal grasses and algae are rich in chlorophyll — the chemical that lends plants their emerald hue — and a wide array of toxin-elimination benefits.

 

“Chlorophyll can help escort cell-damaging toxins like dioxin from the body via the liver,” says Victor S. Sierpina, MD, Laura Nell Nicholson Family Professor of Integrative Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

 

Chlorophyll can help escort cell-damaging toxins like dioxin from the body via the liver.

 

“Additionally, it’s a key compound for improving the function of essential detoxification pathways.”

 

Experts such as Dean and others believe that chlorophyll can assist healthy blood flow because the chlorophyll molecule is similar in structure to hemoglobin, but with magnesium in place of iron. And the cellulose cell walls in chlorella, an alga high in chlorophyll, have been found to bind strongly to mercury, arsenic, PCB, and other toxic metals, and can eliminate them from the body.

 

Immune Boost: Similar to their leafy green and cruciferous counterparts, cereal grasses and algae are notable for their stellar oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) score — a test-tube analysis that measures a food’s or chemical’s ability to squelch nefarious free radicals.

 

As free radicals or oxidants bounce around your body, they damage cells, raising the risk for a number of chronic maladies, including cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.

 

“A daily shot of greens can provide an arsenal of phytonutrient antioxidants, including gamma linolenic acid and polysaccharides, to help neutralize these free radicals, thus preventing cell disruption and strengthening your immune system,” says Dean.

 

Tissue Repair: That healthy dose of antioxidants in supergreens may help reduce or repair the oxidative muscle damage associated with exercise, making supergreens helpful for improving recovery from high-intensity workouts.

 

Additionally, certain compounds in supergreens appear to assist with wound healing. A semi-synthetic derivative of chlorophyll (chlorophyllin) has long been used in hospitals to stimulate the growth of new tissue in slow-healing wounds.

 

Inflammation Reduction: “It’s now recognized both clinically and scientifically that chronic inflammation in the body leads to cell, tissue, and organ degeneration, and is thus implemented in all diseases,” says Wald.

 

“Green powders contain literally hundreds to tens of thousands of plant compounds suspected or well-established to reduce inflammation.”

 

pH Balance: Greens are alkalizing, meaning they help restore a healthy acid-alkaline balance in the body. Wald says that the standard American diet, containing acidifying foods such as coffee, soft drinks, and fast-food burgers, disrupts the body’s preferred alkaline state. “An acidic environment within the body can play a role in a number of diseases and could lead to the leaching of calcium from bones, promoting kidney stones and osteoporosis,” he says.

 

Digestive Aid: Supergreens provide digestive enzymes that help us digest food — especially proteins. As we age, we naturally produce fewer digestive enzymes, and supergreens can help make up the difference.

 

“Many people say, ‘You are what you eat,’” explains dietitian Ashley Koff, RD. “But it’s actually more accurate to say, ‘You are what you digest and absorb’ — and that’s what makes these supergreens so super for us.”

 

WHICH SUPERGREENS ARE RIGHT FOR YOU?

These grasses and algae are the most valuable players among supergreens. They are available in powders and capsules; some can be found raw and in juice form. (Because cereal grasses are rich in vitamin K, people taking anticoagulant medications should consult with their healthcare provider before ingesting.)

 

GRASSES

Wheat Grass

The poster child of the supergreens movement, wheat grass is the form that young wheat plants take before maturing to produce seed heads and wheat-grain kernels. This potent young plant is about 70 percent chlorophyll and boasts impressive amounts of amino acids, beta-carotene, fiber, vitamins C and B, and antibacterial properties. It has been shown to help destroy cancerous cells and is a source of vitamin K, which helps blood clot and may be associated with reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Wheat grass can be grown at home and juiced with a specialized juicer.

 

Barley Grass

The shoots of the barley plant, barley grass is high in essential amino acids, enzymes, and vitamins, particularly C, E, and K. It’s also packed with minerals, including iron, calcium, and magnesium. Available in juice, powder, and capsule form; the juice is not as widely available as wheat-grass juice is. “The main reason I use barley grass in powder form is the high level of superoxide dismutase, which is a powerful antioxidant that scavenges cell-disrupting free radicals in the body,” says naturopath Carolyn Dean, MD, ND. Although barley and wheat grasses are often considered safe for those with gluten intolerance, many experts advise those who are highly gluten sensitive to consume them with caution.

 

 Alfalfa Grass

 

Widely cultivated as a pasture and hay crop, alfalfa resembles clover, with clusters of small purple flowers. It’s rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and iron, plus other healthy minerals and essential amino acids. Alfalfa is also an excellent source of beta-carotene. “The calcium in alfalfa is particularly well absorbed by the body, and since alfalfa is in the legume family, it’s a source of protein,” says Dean. Grasses such as alfalfa also provide lutein, a potent carotenoid phytonutrient that helps protect eyesight by offsetting some of the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays.

 

ALGAE

Chlorella

 

Humans can’t naturally absorb nutrients from chlorella because of its thick cell walls, but modern processing used in making powders and capsules cracks those walls, releasing “chlorella’s essential fats, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that otherwise would resist digestive enzymes,” says Michael B. Wald, MD, PhD, ND. Initial research has shown that chlorella may have positive effects in fibromyalgia patients. There is debate about the merits of algae as a vegan source of vitamin B12; experts like Wald assert that the type of vitamin B12 in algae is not bioavailable to the human body.

 

 Spirulina

 

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Spirulina is a freshwater blue-green alga that has been harvested from lakes for thousands of years. It’s about 60 percent protein by weight and has an abundance of nutrients, including vitamin K and iron. It is richer in beta-carotene than carrots (it’s not orange because of its profusion of green chlorophyll). Research suggests that a daily spirulina fix can help improve brain function, reduce inflammation, and lower serum cholesterol. Phycocyanin, the antioxidant-rich blue pigment in spirulina, has been shown to halt the spread of cancerous cells. “Spirulina may also act as a prebiotic to help probiotics grow in the gut, improving digestive health,” says Victor S. Sierpina, MD.

 

 

So, what’s the best way to get your supergreens — powder, capsule, or fresh juice?

 

Michael B. Wald, MD, PhD, ND, recommends choosing a powdered product. The advantage, he says, is that you’ll get a larger dose of the good stuff: “Taking a scoop of a green powder might be the equivalent to what is found in 30 to 50 capsules.”

 

For those who don’t love the taste or consistency of powdered greens products, Wald says that capsules are a good option: “Taking capsules is way better than taking no greens at all.”

 

Most people find dried cereal grasses far easier to deal with than fresh cereal grasses, which must be juiced and consumed right away to obtain all their healthful compounds. “The dehydration process used for powders actually maintains much of the original nutritional and enzyme content,” Wald says.

 

Premixed greens juices and smoothies are convenient, but will generally contain less variety and total quantity of greens than what you could make yourself at home. “A store-bought greens juice could be mostly apple or some other basic fruit juice with just a speck of greens,” says Kelly Morrow, MS, RD. “Many of the greens juices actually have as much sugar as do sodas.”

 

Morrow recommends reading the ingredients lists (or inquiring about the contents) of any prepared juices or smoothies to make sure greens are among the first items listed.

 

“To get the maximum benefit, it’s best to make your own greens drinks using fresh greens or a reputable powder brand mixed with water,” she says. If you’re looking for a flavor boost, Morrow suggests including a splash of lemon or other juice.

What is the recommended daily dose of supergreens? Wald suggests consuming anywhere from 1 to 6 grams per day of a dried supergreens product. That amount, he says, “provides a really solid level of plant-based nutrition, one that can cover many healing bases.”

 

Keep this in mind, though: While supergreens can provide powerful nutritional benefits, they aren’t a replacement for other vegetables in your diet. Nor are powders, capsules, or juices meant to replace whole foods.

 

“No single group of greens can provide the full breadth of necessary nutrients and antioxidants,” says Morrow. So it’s still vital to eat a wide variety of fresh veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds.

 

TASTY SUPERGREENS

 

Here are some smart ways to get more supergreens into your body:

 

Mix greens powder with coconut water for a simple drink.

Whisk into dressings for a supercharged salad.

Stir into plain yogurt along with chopped nuts for a healthy snack.

Make your own energy bars with a base of dried fruit and supergreens powder.

Blend into a daily smoothie. See below for an easy recipe from Kris Carr, author of Crazy Sexy Kitchen.

DIY SUPERGREENS POWDER

 

You can easily create your own custom greens mix. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, medical advisory board member of the Nutritional Magnesium Association, recommends this recipe as a base:

 

Step one: Mix equal parts powdered wheat grass, barley grass, and alfalfa grass with half-part spirulina or chlorella.

 

Step two: Store in freezer to preserve freshness and nutritional might.

 

Step three: Place 1 to 2 tablespoons in 8 ounces of water and shake. Or blend with protein powder, fruit, chia seeds and/or spices such as cinnamon and ginger for added flavor.

 

DETOXIFYING SUPERGREENS SMOOTHIE

 

Makes two servings

 

1 avocado

1 banana

1 cup blueberries

1 cucumber

A handful of kale, romaine lettuce, or spinach

 

1 to 2 tsp. spirulina or chlorella

Coconut water (or purified water)

Stevia, to taste (optional)

A sprinkle of cinnamon or cacao (optional)

Blend together and enjoy. You can experiment with adding hemp seeds for protein and maca powder for energy.

 

BUYER’S GUIDE: SIX SUPERGREENS TO TRY

 

Getting your daily supergreens doesn’t mean you have to choke down a powdered mix that tastes like chalky compost. Manufacturers have worked over the years to greatly improve mixability and flavor. Many now include other healthy perks such as antioxidant-rich berry mixes, protein powder, probiotics, digestive enzymes and fiber blends, and usually powders that cost more contain more of these substances. Check labels to see what you’re getting; many of these are sweetened with stevia. Here are six powders worth trying.

 

Note: Each of these powders was tested by whisking the suggested serving size with 6 ounces of filtered, cold water.

 

Dynamic Greens ($42/10.5 oz./27 servings) Containing organic spirulina and alfalfa as well as chlorella and other veggies and fruits, this powder is great tasting, easy to mix, and designed to support detoxification. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and free of common food allergens, it can be added to water or a protein drink to boost fruit and vegetable intake. Note that this product contains stevia.

Amazing Grass ORAC Green SuperFood ($30/7.4 oz./30 servings; amazinggrass.com) Consider this the Arnold Schwarzenegger of supergreens powders; packed with spinach, wheat grass, and spirulina, and a powerful antioxidant blend, it delivers a whopping ORAC value of 40,000 per serving. It has a subtle but not overpowering berry flavor, but the powder produces a slightly grainy drink so consider using a blender.

Vibrant Health Green Vibrance ($50/12.8 oz./30 servings; vibranthealth.us) This mix is chock-full of organic cereal grasses, along with probiotics, organic vegetables, flaxseed, adaptogens, and enzymes. The drink is unsweetened, but try it first just using water, then if you don’t like the flavor, mix it with juice.

MacroLife Naturals Macro Greens ($43/10 oz./30 servings; macrolifenaturals.com) Although it mixes easily with water, this powder does have a definite green, earthy taste to it. If that is off-putting to you, consider blending it into a fruit smoothie. Add-ons include probiotics, herbs, digestive enzymes, and antioxidants.

Go Greens ($35/5.3 oz./24 servings; togobrands.com)Made mostly with organic vegetables and fruits, this product features a green apple flavor. Convenient tube packages make it easy to give your water bottle a shot of greens on the go.

Barlean’s Organic Greens ($43/8.46 oz./30 servings; barleans.com) This is the most neutral tasting of the powdered mixes featured here, which for greens newbies can be a definite plus. A deep, emerald color telegraphs the health benefits, which include a wide array of land and sea greens as well as omega-3-rich flax meal.

Living Fuel SuperGreens ($68/29.2 oz./12 servings; livingfuel.com) Each serving delivers a host of organic greens, including dulse seaweed, plus plant protein, chia seeds, and essential amino acids. The flavor is relatively mild with a hint of green flavor. For best results, whirl into a smoothie (as opposed to just using water and a cup).

 

****  Just like taking vitamins and supplements that do not mix well with other medications and such medical conditions you may have, the same is true for supergreens.  If you are on some medications please call us and make an appointment and we will help you out to find the right combination for your healthcare plan.

 

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