If you follow the latest health food trends, you might have spotted a new green powder being touted as the "new" turmeric. There's good reason that this superfood is gaining recent attention, but did you know that the leaves of the moringa tree have been eaten for centuries due to their powerhouse nutrient profile? Informally known as the 'Miracle Tree,' moringa leaves are full of vitamins, minerals and all essential amino acids making it a complete plant protein. If you're not already familiar with this morning smoothie-boosting miracle powder, read on.
My personal introduction to moringa was at a friend's vegan potluck. Although the moringa tree is native to India, it grows in various other places throughout the world, including my friend's backyard in Arizona. When he handed me a fresh picked moringa leaf to try, I expected it to taste exactly like what one might think a raw leaf would taste like. While it certainly tasted like nature, it had an interesting flavor, similar to spinach with a slight bitterness. I was intrigued.
As I looked further into the benefits of moringa leaves, I was surprised to find out that moringa is used all over the world to combat malnutrition. In fact, it's called the Miracle Tree because it grows in drought-prone areas where it can be difficult to grow crops. Moringa powder might just be the perfect plant to add nutritional benefits to a mostly-healthy diet.
Despite understanding the nutritional benefit of consistently eating green leafy foods, it can be difficult to get those daily servings. Moringa may just be the best superfood powder that offers a convenient solution for those of us who want to fill in the gaps where our diet might be lacking. A rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, a sprinkle of this green "super-powder" may help to balance out nutritional imbalances. Try to use only 100% moringa powder with nothing else added for pure green energy. Put it in your smoothie, make moringa lattes, sprinkle it on salads or bake it into energy bites. For a quick caffeine-free jumpstart, shake it into your morning lemon water and see if you feel more energized throughout the day. The best part about this super-powder is that a little goes a long way, so it's easy to sneak it into your daily diet.
Here is an amazing green smoothie for you to try.
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup spinach leaves
1/3 lime, skin included
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
1/2 cup parsley
1 green apple, chopped
Add all ingredients to your blender and process until smooth. Add ice for a colder and thicker smoothie!
For 6 more ways to add moringa to your day visit Organic India's website.
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