The plant kingdom is a diverse and really exciting part of our planet. Our world revolves around plants and animals interacting, within the physical/chemical make-up of earth, to make for lively relationships.
A very important difference between most plants and animals is that plants are able to carry on photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process by which plants manufacture food to live.
The chemical reaction of photosynthesis is so important in our world that if it stopped, all mankind and animals would die. (Below, in the deep ocean, there are some exceptions, but that’s material for a very different blog post.)
So let’s break this process down. The simplest description is as follows: water and the gas carbon dioxide react in the presence of light and the plant’s chlorophyll — at a “suitable” temperature – to yield sugar and oxygen. And it’s oxygen we all need to breathe and live.
The really cool part is the beautiful green of plants is chlorophyll. Chlorophyll molecules are spread all over the surface in the chloroplast cells of the plant.
To further explain the process, chlorophyll absorbs light, or radiant energy, from the sun. Now the pigment is activated. Light energy is converted into chemical energy. The energy is stored in sugar or glucose molecules.
Many people believe that adding green chlorophyll to our diets is beneficial. Just like some comedy skits that “wheat grass” shake makes you stronger and feel great.
Eating essential amino acids that are produced by plants helps us in processing our food. Plants also make most of the vitamins we all need have, as well.
So to celebrate plants and the green of March, here’s a recipe for a super green smoothie, courtesy of Dr. Olivia Joseph and the Cooking with Dr. Olivia website.
Super Green Smoothie
1 Frozen Banana (freeze peeled banana in waxed paper)
Handful of Frozen berries (blueberries or mixed berries)
6 oz of water or vanilla rice milk. You could also mix them.
1 scoop of protein powder (Ultra Meal Rice Protein)
1 scoop of Phyto Greens (any greens powder that you prefer) or 1 handful of fresh baby spinach
Handful of raw almonds, walnuts or pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup of dry oatmeal (not instant)
1. Put all the ingredients in a blender.