Recently when I went on my weekly grocery shopping, I went to the freezer section to buy my usual frozen blueberries and strawberries for my fruit-protein smoothie. While there, I noted that there were plenty of other fruits and vegetables available to purchase – clearly healthy eating and smoothies is big business, which is why there are so many options available. I noted that there were wheatgrass and acai berry pellets for making smoothies, and hence I bought these as well. The wheatgrass pellet pack costs more at £3.00 per 100g, while the acai berry pack costs £2.00 per 100g pack (same as the other fruit packs).
The current recommendation for good health is to consume a good amount of fruits and vegetables each day, and variety is also important as it ensures that the diet is balanced to reduce the likelihood of having a vitamin or micro-nutrient deficiency developing.
The instructions for us of these frozen pellets are simple – add two pellets and 80 g of fruit for each smoothie. I add two of each of these pellets to my smoothies these days.
Wheatgrass is a good source of vitamins including A, B-complex, C, E and K, many micro-nutrients. It supposedly contains 19 amino acids and is high in chlorophyll. Adding this to other fruits and vegetables in the diet will enhance the diet. There are plenty of supposed benefits claimed for the consumption of wheatgrass, but I am not sure there is convincing evidence for these though.
Acai berries are dark purple coloured fruit that grow in clusters near the tops of Acai palm trees. Each berry contains just about 10% fruit and pulp, as it has a large seed. It is supposedly high in antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, which makes it a great ingredient to add to a smoothie. Having the acai berry de-pipped and made into frozen pellets which can be added to smoothies can make it easier to use as no preparation is needed.
As a doctor working with children, I am exposed to whatever colds are prevalent in the community. Working in the emergency situation can also be very stressful. Hence ensuring adequate rest, eating and drinking well, to enable the body to cope with all it comes up against, makes alot of sense. Hence to supplement the diet by taking a smoothie regularly packed with superfoods (blueberries, acai berries, wheatgrass, spinach etc), together with a good protein source, will help me to build muscles and support the immune system in fighting infections.