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Eating enough fruits and vegetables is hard. Even when we do, depending on where they come from, they could be nutritionally depleted due to the poor quality soil they were grown in. We all know the importance of eating lots of produce (mostly veggies and greens) and the long-term effects on health. As a matter of fact, we should be eating five to nine servings per day! How close do you come to this daily requirement? I know I am often lacking! What do you do when you don’t eat enough, whether it is due to geographical location, taste preference, or other reasons? Well, you can supplement a little with Tropical Traditions’ Antioxidant Omega 3 Greens.
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Tropical Traditions’ Antioxidant Omega 3 Greens Product Review
Now, I am not usually an advocate of supplements. I encourage everyone to try to get their nutrients from their food, because that makes them most assimilable. Many vitamins and minerals cannot be absorbed from pills because they don’t have the right balance of certain compounds within the pill. When you eat your vitamins, you’re getting the whole package, just like it was designed. However, I do understand that is not always possibly to get everything you need from your food. In those cases, taking a supplement won’t hurt, just make sure you’ve done some research to see what you should be taking and how you should be taking it.
Tropical Traditions has created a product that I found to be very high-quality. It has no preservatives, no soy, no artificial ingredients, and no MSG. The mixture is made from a variety of dark green plants, herbs, spices, natural food concentrates, fruits, and vegetables. It contains a great blend of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and probiotics that help with energy and immune response. The thing that makes their product stand apart from many of the other green mixes out there is the ORAC value, which is the Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity. This is a test that is done to determine the antioxidant power of foods, vitamins, supplements and other chemicals. The test also helps determine with produce items have the highest antioxidant values and will help protect the body from free radicals.
The blend’s ingredients include:
- Certified Organic Flax Seed Blend
- Concentrate Ionic Trace Minerals
- Spirulina and Chlorella
- Apple Fiber Pectin
- Lecithin (non-soy)
- Licorice Root Extract
- Bifidobacterium longum (B. Longum)
- L. Acidophilus (L. Acidophilus)
- Lactobacillus casei (L. Casei)
The only ingredient that I was hesitant about was the flax. The reason for this is that flax meal goes rancid very quickly and does not have a long shelf life, despite the fact that any health food store you go to will have bags and bags of flax meal sitting around. If I want to eat flax meal, I always buy the whole seeds and whiz them up in a coffee grinder right before I need to eat them or cook with them. Also, store your flax seeds in the fridge or freezer. From Tropical Traditions’ website:
It is no secret that standard milling or grinding of flax has produced a product that usually spoils rapidly. There are two main reasons conventionally milled flax spoils or oxidizes so rapidly. First of all, the conventional milling process creates temperatures that are too high. Several processors use the words “cold milled” to describe product but studied closely, their product almost always heats up during the milling or grinding process. Second of all, the conventional processing actually liberates or expels oil that coats the ground particles creating a substantial increase in the surface area of the milled flax. The high temperatures and oil coated particles alone or in combination produce a product that turns rancid or oxidizes in a relatively short period of time.
However, I was pleased to see that Tropical Traditions did take this issue into account when creating their blend. Their flax meal is Real Cold Milled (RCM) Flax.
CM Flax™ is truly a cold milled product and process. The flax enters the RCM process at room temperature, is milled at room temperature and it exits at room temperature. Furthermore, this proprietary milling method does not grind, crush or liberate oil like other processes, making Antioxidant Natural Greens very unique. Tests have shown that RCM Flax™ maintains a very high peroxide value and a very long shelf life for up to two years!
Taste Review and Recipe
If you’ve ever tasted some of the green powder drinks on the market, you know that some of them are not that great, whether it be for nutritional composition or taste. I have to say of the green drinks I’ve tried, this one has the best taste. I got the berry flavor (they also have a mint flavor) and it is sweetened with stevia, so it doesn’t have as much of that green, chewing-on-a-wad-of-grass taste. The berry flavor is pretty prominent, so that helps eliminate the green taste as well.
The first way I tried it was just stirred up in a glass of water. The first couple swigs tasted pretty good, but then the sweetness got a little overwhelming towards the end. But, not enough to make me not want to finish it. I think the sweetness of the stevia is pretty strong, but if it means getting your kids or picky family member to drink it, then that’s OK with me!
The second way I tried it was in a smoothie and this is the way I would recommend it to all of my readers. You could add it to any smoothie you make, as long as a berry flavor would go with it. I’m going to try it in my Creamy Coconut Avocado Smoothie and my Orange and Green Smoothie.
Coconut Berry Smoothie
1 cup coconut milk tonic
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 scoop of Antioxidant Omega 3 Greens
2 tbsp. coconut oil
1 tbsp. maple syrup (optional)
ice if needed
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. You may or may not need ice, depending on the consistency you like for your smoothies.
Now, It’s Your Chance to Try This Product!
Are you curious yet? Want to try some for yourself? Well, now’s your chance. Tropical Traditions will send a full-sized container to the winner of this giveaway. Here’s how you enter: