Greens

Green foods such as dark green leafy vegetables, cereal grasses, sea vegetables and algae foods are the original superfoods. Greens are calorie for calorie, perhaps the most concentrated sources of nutrition of any food on the planet. Green foods are loaded with chlorophyll; the alkalizing and detoxifying phytonutrient that gives green foods their colour. This green pigment is how plants convert the energy of the sun into usable food. Consuming greens is eating sunshine!

The potassium, magnesium and a host of other minerals found in many green foods are alkaline in nature, and are crucial to maintaining proper pH balance in the body. Many of us tend to

consume foods and drinks that are more acidic, especially in winter, which is thought to be at the root of most health issues. Alkalizing our diet helps to neutralize possible negative effects of an acidic diet, drinking acidic water or other beverages, and from pollutants in the air we breathe. As we incorporate more green foods into our diet, we encourage our body’s natural internal cleansing process. What a great way to support a spring cleanse!

Alkalize for Health

Concerned about bone health? Eat green foods! An alkaline diet helps prevent the leaching of calcium from the bones. Many leafy greens such as kale, parsley, spinach, and beet or turnip tops contain Vitamin K1, which converts in our body to the healthy bone nutrient Vitamin K2. Vitamin K is best absorbed when eaten along with fat, so be sure to dress your steamed greens with your favourite nutritional oil.

The alkaline state is a more ideal pH, where metabolic processes are optimized to the fullest. PH balance benefits so many facets of health, from recovery from illness to bone health and overall wellness. With an abundance of green foods available as fresh, organic produce or in supplement form, we have access to countless essential minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and other phytonutrients.

Algaes

Chlorella, Spirulina and Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA or E3 Live) are algaes that have been used as whole food supplements for generations. High in many vitamins and minerals and other micronutrients, consuming algae is a great addition to the diet.

Curious about how these supplemental foods are grown? Chlorella and Spirulina are fresh water algeas, grown in a controlled environment. All brands of Chlorella and Spirulina that we carry at the Co-op are certified organic and from trusted suppliers. AFA is grown in the great outdoors, at 1,262 m above sea level in the pristine waters of Klamath Lake in Oregon, and is regularly tested for radiation contamination.

Michelle’s pick:

Greens+ O Acai Mango flavour

Michelle staff pick 2014 Greens-web

The newest version of Greens+ is definitely the most delicious! Made with 75% certified organic ingredients, organic spirulina, broccoli sprouts, chia seeds, and sunflower lecithin, this new Greens+ is a great, daily greens fix.

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