You’re kidding me, right? Nope, not at all.
OK, so I’ve been on a quest to get my vitamins and minerals from whole foods instead of supplements. Most of the supplements we take do not have the bio-availability of whole food, so we’re not getting the full benefits. Some just pass right through our bodies intact, without breaking down at all. Besides, I’d rather get my vitamins and nutrition in a delicious smoothie rather than take a handful of pills every day.
Enter the amazing moringa tree. Native of northern India, Moringa is often called the “miracle tree.” The leaves of this plant are prized for their nutritional value. They are rich in protein, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and minerals. According to The West African Food Composition Table, 100g of fresh Moringa leaves have 8.3 g protein, 434 mg calcium, 404 mg potassium, 738 μg vitamin A, and 164 mg vitamin C. This is a whole food plant that contains high amounts of protein, all 8 essential amino acids, a full range of vitamins and minerals, as well as phytonutrients and powerful disease-fighting antioxidants. Wow!
Moringa provides nutrition, has been used for medicine (including treating skin cancer), and the seeds can even purify water. This is quite the package. Whether you use it as a tea, in soups and stews, or in the powdered form in your smoothies, you can’t go wrong. And the best part? If you grow your own moringa tree(s), it is all free!
Another good thing about Moringa is that, when stored properly, it has a long shelf life. And the dried leaves retain nearly all the nutritional value. Think about it as a powdered addition to your camping supplies. It takes up little room and if necessary you can just add it to hot water to get the nutrition you need. I would add some stevia or honey with it too.
Some ways to use Moringa leaf:
Use it Fresh, Dried or Cooked.
- Capsulate the Dry Powder, take as a vitamin
- Use it toward the end of cooking.
- Can be included in Soups, Stews, Sauces, anything really.
- Use it to replace some of the Basil in Pesto.
- Raw, dry or powdered leaves in Smoothies
- Use dry or powdered in Oatmeal.
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