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extra ingredients for green smoothies [part 8 of 9]

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Mar 01, 2009

Brewer’s (nutritional) yeast

Brewer’s or “nutritional” yeast is grown on barley, and it is often used as a supplement, especially for nursing mothers.   It is high in protein, and it is also extremely rich in B vitamins.   It has been linked to reduction of symptoms of diabetes, eczema, constipation, and hypoglycemia.

It is also one of very few plant sources of B12.   Vegetarian lifestyles are often criticized because of low Vitamin B12, and while vegetarians may not actually be suffering from low B12 (depending on which study you are looking at), using aloe vera and nutritional yeast are good ways to address that, if you are avoiding all red meat as many health-conscious vegetarians and vegans do.

Cayenne

Cayenne has long been used not only as a “heat” spice, but also for the medicinal purpose of opening the arteries and preventing cardiac events.   Cayenne is well known to herbalists for its ability to accelerate and intensify the effects of other herbs.   It will add heat and interesting flavor to your smoothies, and it will also open your blood vessels, improving blood flow.

Posted in: Green Smoothies, Nutrition

8 thoughts on “extra ingredients for green smoothies [part 8 of 9]”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    How much Brewer’s (nutritional) yeast should we add in our smoothies?

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    1-2 Tbsp. to a full container of smoothie, ditto for bee pollen.

  3. I was wondering about that kind of yeast. I also find Cayenne helps my colds go away faster! I went to a plant nursery to get a aloe vera plant and they had several different kinds but apparently not the regular aloe vera plant! I want to get more B12 naturally, so I’m going to get some of this brewers yeast and hopefully I can find the right aloe vera plant too! Do you have one outside or do you keep it inside?

  4. Anonymous says:

    for some reason i thought nutritional yeast had some sort of soy—this is obviously wrong right?!

  5. Anonymous says:

    nm it was gluten…not soy.

  6. Hey Miss Robyn! I hope you are doing well today. 🙂

    I have been having odds n’ ends green juices off and on for a few years now, but never an actual smoothie. I finally had my first real green smoothie, in my mid-range blender, yesterday. Yea! I went and got a Black & Decker blender to use until I can save and get my Blendtek or Vitamix. I lovvvved it! Today I had another. I actually made enough to have for breakfast and lunch both days. I had this in it yesterday: Kale, banana, avocado, flax seed, aloe vera juice, carrot and blueberries.

    Today I had: Kale, strawberries, oat bran, aloe vera juice, celery, carrot, cucumber.

    Both days it was really good! I’m hooked.

    I started long distance walking in December. I like how my smoothies give me good energy for my walking. Yea!

    I hope that your Monday has been fantastic and that your Tuesday will be even better. 🙂

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have a question regarding this nutritional yeast. I suffer from Candida

    and get a lot of UTI. Would like to know if by using this nutritional yeast

    would it help with my condition or it will get it worse. I have been having this condition for so many years and would like to help my system with fighting my UTI. Would you have any suggestion. Thanks, Helen

  8. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

    It is deactivated and won’t contribute to your candida problem per se, but it won’t necessarily help with it either.

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