Shhhhh! Don’t tell anyone!
When reading the ingredients on a bag of pretzels, or chips or cookies – you’re most likely to find a slew of “hidden ingredients”. Here’s a list of ingredients from a very popular chocolate chip cookie. Notice soybean oil, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, high fructose corn syrups – yuch!
Unfortunately in order to prolong shelf life, some unwanted ingredients are added. If I were baking these cookies from scratch, I would not be adding those into my recipe.
I do, however, add certain “hidden” foods into my recipes that are actually very good for you. Here’s an example of some:
Orange Peel is very bitter in flavor, so I hide it in my smoothies. Orange peels are loaded with Vitamins C & A which can help you fight colds and flu. There’s also a lot of research stating that orange peel lowers the risk of certain cancers in humans. Read more about orange peels here at Mercola.com.
Grapefruit Peel – the grapefruit peel actually has more fiber in it than the pulp. Fiber makes you fuller faster and helps with elimination when constipated. And just like it’s counterpart – the orange – grapefruit peel can also lower the risk of certain cancers. Read more about grapefruit peels at Stylecraze.com.
Matcha Powder – Matcha Green Tea is the highest quality powdered green tea available. made from the nutrient-rich young tea leaves. Matcha tea is LOADED with antioxidants. Enhances calm YET increases energy level and endurance. Learn more about Matcha powder here at Matchasource.com.
Turmeric – I LOVE turmeric! The color is so pretty and the health benefits are numerous. I use it whole/RAW. I cut 1/2″ knob off and throw it in my smoothies. I use it to reduce the inflammation in my body. Sometimes I peel it, but most times I just clean it under running water.. Read more about RAW Turmeric at LiveStrong.com.
And last, but not least is:
Ginger. Ginger aids in digestion and helps prevent nausea. It’s also used to relieve muscle pain and soreness. I usually use about 1/2″ to 1″ knob and throw it right into my smoothie. Again, sometimes I peel, but most times I don’t. If you have a powerful blender, I find you do not need to peel it. Learn more about RAW ginger DrAxe.com.
So the long and short of it is when I throw all these wonderful ingredients into my smoothie which is also loaded with kale, spinach, banana, dates and fruits (strawberries, blueberries, cherries and pineapple) – you can not taste those bitter ingredients! And the benefits are AMAZING!!