There’s protein and fibre to help keep you full for hours, and good fats to help ensure fat-soluble vitamins in any fruit and veg you blend it with get utilised by your body. This blend is also our favourite for making into green energy power balls!
Flaxseeds, Chia seeds, Walnuts, Moringa powder, Matcha powder, Palmyra Jaggery, Guarana.
Moringa (organic – powder)
The Moringa Oleifera tree is native to South Asia but is also grown throughout Africa and South America. Known as the ‘tree of life’ or ‘miracle tree’, its leaves are rich in nutrients including protein, calcium, iron, vitamin C and vitamin A. In the Ayurvedic system of medicine it is said to prevent or cure around 300 diseases. It’s also reportedly a natural plant-based source of branched chain amino acids (BCCAs), which aid in muscle growth and repair. Seeing as the synthetic powder version of BCAAs is one of the foulest tastes we’ve ever experienced, we’re thrilled to be able to get the benefits in a yummier and more natural form
You’ve probably heard of matcha, the powdered form of green tea. Consuming the whole leaf, rather than tea made by steeping the leaves, allows your body to reap all the nutritional benefits of this wonder plant – it’s said one serving of matcha is equivalent to ten cups of regularly-brewed green tea in antioxidant protection. While it contains caffeine it also gives you theanine, an amino acid which help induce a state of calm in the mind, so you’re alert but chilled. Perfect!
Guarana (powder – organic)
This Brazilian plant’s seeds contain caffeine, theophylline and theobromine, all natural stimulants. The amount in Bright Greens gives you about as much caffeine as half a cup of coffee, enough to perk you up a little (depending on your individual caffeine sensitivity, of course). One of our smoothie testers reported “I didn’t feel any kind of caffeine rush, or drop later, but I did feel bright and happy all morning” – we hope you find that too.
Funny how these nuts look like little brains, when their nutrients are so good for the brain. They have the highest concentration of DHA, a brain-protective omega-3 fat, of any nut. They also contain heart-healthy alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and you get the benefits from just a few walnut halves per day. The fats in walnuts quickly perish when the nut is ground and exposed to air, so adding them to your blender whole rather than in a pre-ground mix is a great way to consume them.
Back in our BB (Before Blender) life, we added pre-ground flaxseeds to our cereal from a big bag; till a nutritionist friend informed us that all those good healthy fats we thought we were eating had probably gone rancid weeks ago through being exposed to the air. Adding them to a smoothie in a high powered blender and drinking it straight away is a much better way to ensure you’re getting the benefits from these little nutrition powerhouses, which as well as omega 3 fats include vitamin E, phytoestrogens and and B group vitamins.
Chia seeds (organic)
Calcium, manganese, phosphorus, omega-3 fats, fibre, and complete protein… We feel like we could live on the stuff; and indeed legend has it that Incan messenger runners used to carry it to sustain them on long journeys. The seeds come from a plant in the mint family that’s native to Mexico and Guatemala, whose leaves produce a natural insect repellent making it easier to grow organically. Nature’s perfect plant!
Palmyra Jaggery (organic)
Palmyra Jaggery is a saint among sweeteners. This unrefined sugar from the Palmyra palm tastes caramel-y and rich, and contains vitamins and minerals including vitamin B 12, which is otherwise hard to find in a plant source. It has a lower GI and fewer calories than sugar, giving a sweet taste without generating such an insulin spike.
Allergens: walnuts, Vegan friendly. Gluten free.
Per sachet: Energy 710kJ / 168kcal, Fat 12.2g (of which saturates 1.1g), Carbohydrates 11.9g (of which sugars 2g), Fibre 7.4g, Protein 5.7g, Salt trace.
Per 100g:Energy 2125kJ / 502kcal, Fat 36.6g (of which saturates 3.4g), Carbohydrates 35.6g (of which sugars 5.9g), Fibre 22.1g, Protein 17.2g, Salt trace.
AVERAGE NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION WHEN MADE UP AS PER OUR ‘INTENSE’ SUGGESTION (with 50g kale, one green apple and 200 ml water):
Energy 1205kJ / 288kcal, Fat 12.2g (of which saturates 1.1g), Carbohydrates 42.9g (of which sugars 21.7g), Fibre 12.4g, Protein 7.3g, Salt trace.
Please note – precise nutritional quantities will depend partly on the size of fruit/veg you use and brand of milk.