Have you ever thought about making your own organic green powder?
It all started when high speed blenders and green smoothies became popular. The dehydrated green powders started popping up for sale in health food stores, and they are a great idea too. Greens are an essential part of a nutritious diet, and having fresh greens on hand doesn’t always happen. Using green powder in smoothies, soups, salads, and entrees is a great way to get your greens when eating a salad every day doesn’t happen. Making your own green powder has many advantages: it is a great way to use leftover greens, saves money, and puts you in charge of what ingredients you would like to include.
Recently I have been pulling quite a few beets out of my garden, and the amount of greens that comes with them are impossible to eat before they spoil. I cannot bear the guilt that comes with throwing all of those lovely greens away, so I make a green powder from them!
Follow these simple steps to make your own organic green powder:
Gather and wash your greens.
This can include any type of greens: kale, collards, beet greens, herbs such as parsley and cilantro, lettuce, even weeds such as purslane, clover, and dandelions. Get creative!
Remove any woody or pulpy stems.
Thicker greens such as kale and collards have stems that become quite hard and woody when dehydrated, and can be difficult to powder.
Choose raw or cooked and prepare accordingly.
Cooking or steaming greens reduces the amount of oxalic acid, which may be a good option for those with certain health conditions such as kidney stones.
A temperature of 110-125 degrees is optimal, as greens are a bit more fragile. This usually takes 4-8 hours, depending on the humidity in your area. They shrink quite a bit, so put them close but not over top of each other. (This is my favorite dehydrator).
Powder in a blender.
Then strain through mesh into a jar or into another container of your choice. Keep sealed and in a cool, dark place or a refrigerator to keep fresh.
Now you have made your own green powder!
There are so many ways you can use this powder to get a good regular dose of greens. Green smoothies are definitely one way to use it. But there are also the options of sprinkling your green powder into soups, sauces, any type of salad, hamburger and meat loafs, casseroles and lasagnas, scrambled eggs and quiches, and really anything you can think of! Even chocolate cake could be a vehicle. Sneaking green powder in various dishes can be especially helpful if you have picky mouths to feed.
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What are some dishes you could see green powder becoming a part of?