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Mar072012

Get your greens on!

Written by Anika DeCoster, RD, CPT, CISSN - LifeTime WeightLoss

We’re very picky about the nutritional products we carry at Life Time. We know there are many low-quality, useless supplements on the market, and we feel it’s our job to look for the products with the best quality, most effective ingredients. When you see a new product on the shelf in LifeCafe or available in our online store, you know there’s been a significant amount of thought that’s gone into our decision to carry it.

Recently, we added Nutri-Dyn’s Dynamic Greens to our offering in LifeCafe and our online store.  This product has quickly become popular among our staff and members.   ‘Greens’ have been around for quite some time and, for many of us, they are as regular as protein powder or multivitamins in a solid supplement plan. 

Do you take greens?  I would argue that everyone should, as greens can fill in many nutritional gaps as well as provide many health benefits.  Whether you’re an avid greens user, or have never even considered them, below are my dos and don’ts, including top ways to get your greens on!

DO take them because you don’t get 9-11 fruits and vegetables in each day.  Although we can’t substitute our entire fruit and vegetable needs through greens, Dynamic Greens are derived from over 15 organic foods and provide a plethora of vitamins and over 70 organic trace minerals, making them a top contender for an insurance policy.  Start by adding in a scoop or two each day along with your current fruit and vegetable intake. 

DON’T forget about your gut!  Digestion and detoxification are extremely important in supporting your immunity and how your body functions and feels.  These greens are loaded with enzymes, probiotics and fiber to keep things moving!  Many fiber supplements are loaded with artificial ingredients that can actually do more damage on your gut.  So if you are interested in fiber support alone, these greens are a much more natural approach.

DO take them for Antioxidant Support.  Antioxidants protect our cells against damage and in the toxic bubble we live in today, we need all the help we can get!  Each scoop of these greens contains 9,000 ORAC units (measure of total antioxidant power) which equates to the amount in 3 cups of blueberries!

DON’T be afraid of the taste!  Scout’s honor, these greens taste fabulous!  We currently carry three flavors (mint, kiwi-strawberry and chocolate) that taste amazing alone or blended with other ingredients.  I often recommend these to parents to help wean their children off sugar-dense juice beverages.  Just add a scoop to eight ounces of water, and you have a great-tasting drink without all the artificial ingredients and sugar.  Along with no sugar, these greens are free of wheat, dairy, preservatives, MSG, stimulants and caffeine.  A win-win!

DO flavor other foods with greens!  You don’t have to use them only as a greens drink.  Add a scoop to some plain Greek yogurt (replaces those artificial puddings/gelatins) or to your favorite, high-protein pancake recipe.  For a favorite recipe, see below.

DON’T get turned off by the color. Although studies have shown that people are more resistant to eating/drinking anything that is the green color!  But these greens come in three different flavors and colors just in case you are color-sensitive.  I highly recommend the kiwi-strawberry. It turns food and beverages a bright red/pink color that is extremely appealing to the eye of any beholder. 

Chocolate Pudding Greens Recipe

Provided by Marc McDougal, Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Coach at Lenexa Life Time Fitness

  • 1 scoop chocolate Whey Isolate
  • 1 scoop chocolate Dynamic Greens
  • 1 carton of full-fat, plain Greek Yogurt
  • 4 oz unsweetened Coconut Milk

Stir all ingredients together and enjoy!  A great substitute for pudding for children, or a great choice for an on-the-go breakfast or snack.  Try prepping this recipe in multiple servings ahead of time for an even more convenient option!

If you’ve already tried Dynamic Greens and have a favorite way to make them, share your recipe below. 

This article is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations in this and other articles is at the choice and risk of the reader.

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Reader Comments (3)

I have often wondered if cooking with these supplements or using them in hot food will denature the proteins, making them less, or in-effective. Do you know?

August 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSophie Doodle

@Sophie: It's possible you'd lose some of the nutrient value if you expose them to heat

August 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom Nikkola

I enjoy my Dynamic Greens (Chocolate Flavor) with:

1 scoop whey vanilla protein (could use vegamax)
1 scoop chocolate Dynamic Greens
6-8 Ice cubes
1 C. milk/coconut milk/almond milk
1 C. cold coffee/espresso
Optional: Truvia/stevia

Blend all ingredients! A Healthy mocha freeze!

August 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi G

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