Chocolate Orange Blueberry Smoothie

Here's a tasty chocolate orange blueberry smoothie loaded with antioxidants from both fruits and vegetables.  CK @defininghealth seems to find an nearly infinite number of ways to eat more dark greens from Pines and other nutrient-dense foods.  Check out her ingredients:

1-1/2 cups cashew milk
2 scoops chocolate fudge vegan protein
2 Tbsp frozen Organic orange juice concentrate
1 tbsp dutch cocoa
1-1/4 tsp Pines Wheat Grass powder
1 cup frozen organic blueberries
Topped with pine nuts, chocolate covered cacao nibs, and a mandarin orange!

As always, CK Hall

CK's Chocolate Orange Blueberry Smoothie Will Inspire You to Try Others

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CK designed this Chocolate Orange Blueberry Smoothie as one of many that use Pines green superfoods as ingredients. As a result of her healthy lifestyle and diet, she is the picture of health and fitness. CK's recipes use single ingredient or simple blends.  She avoids complex green food blends with many ingredients because she cannot examine each one for color, taste, aroma and other quality standards.  She realizes that the company on the label does not itself mix the "meals" and "mixtures".  Contract manufacturers mix them. Their buyers usually look for the cheapest possible ingredients.  Hence, they can cover up brown colored "greens" in these mixtures with ingredients that have strong color like algae and chocolate.

With Pines, we grow nearly all the ingredients ourselves.  Our facilities for drying, packaging and shipping are right across the road from one of the fields where we grow them.  Pines is the only producer of green super foods that can say that.  Pines was not only the first green super food (introduced in 1976).  We are the only 100% organic farmers who grow and dry green superfood powders.

The other grower in the dry part of Kansas is a dual farmer that produces organic greens for the natural food market as well as pesticide-based greens for animals.  They have grown their animal feeds for 70 years using the limited ground water for the Ogallala aquifer. That "fossil water" took tens of thousands of years to accumulate.  It is now severely depleted and contaminated. Pines grows our crops in appropriate regions that do not require irrigation. We depend solely on natural rainfall.  We are very much opposed to the waste, abuse and contamination of this once-pristine abundant source of fresh water resource by irresponsible farmers in the dry parts of our State.

Pines Wheat Grass is NEVER Grown in Trays

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No other wheatgrass grower follows the standards established in 1937 by Charles Schnabel.  Known as "the father of wheatgrass," Dr. Schnabel found that wheatgrass needs to be harvest at a special time.  That once-a-year time lasts only a few days in the early spring in northeast Kansas.  It occurs only after months of slow growth in often freezing temperatures. With roots going down a foot or more in rich glacial soil, Pines Wheat Grass (bottom picture) at harvest is still shorter than unnaturally-grown wheatgrass grown in trays (top picture). It is also shorter than wheatgrass from other farmers, who let it grow too tall in an effort to make bigger profits. Unfortunately, in their greed for more production per acre, they fail to capture the nutritional level that Schnabel and other scientists discovered in their research.

Curiously, books on wheatgrass often praise Schnabel's research and quote it to justify their claims but fail to follow his standards. Schnabel never grew wheatgrass in trays and never used juice. He supplied whole food grass powder to the doctorx and hospitals whose research is praised in books by Ann Wigmore and other authors.

Besides using our green super food powders in recipes, Pines' tablets and capsules are also available as a convenient and economical way to get more greens in your diet.  As a result, a rounded teaspoon of powder, seven tablets or six capsules provide the nutrition of a generous serving of spinach or kale.

Plastic is an Inappropriate Way to Package Nutrient-Rich Green Super Foods

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Pines is also the only company to package in amber glass bottles with special metal caps. That allows us to remove the oxygen from each bottle to protect against oxidation. That loss of nutrition and color occurs with cheaply produced green super food products in plastic tubs or paper packets.  The opposite occurs when removing the oxygen.  Without oxygen, oxidation cannot occur.  Consequently, we provide green super food powders as fresh as when packaged. The tight fitting caps allow you to seal the bottle between uses. Hence, the seals in the special metal caps and glass bottles ensure the freshest product both before you open it and after you open it.  With Pines you will always see a vibrant green color.  That' what you want to see being mixed into your smoothies such as this chocolate orange blueberry smoothie.

Dating back to the 1930s, green food producers always packaged their green food powders in oxygen-free amber glass bottles to maintain high nutritional levels and vibrant color. About 20 years ago, brands began to capitalize on Pines success. In order to make more profit, they quit the 60-year tradition of appropriate oxygen-free packaging. Instead, they started packaging in cheap plastic containers made from fossil fuel.  These kinds of containers offer no protection from oxidation, which causes a loss of color and nutrition. You can see the color of popular "green" food brands in plastic tubs and packets compared to Pines in the picture above.  These poor quality products do not look very nutritious when you add a spoonful to smoothie such as this chocolate orange blueberry smoothie.

Find a Store Near You or Order Online

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The Centers for Disease Control found that only one in ten people eat enough dark green veggies. They also found dark green veggies protect us from disease common to modern society.  That's why the USDA food plate (at left) made veggies the most important food group.

No matter how many vegetables you eat, you probably need more.  PINES products cost less than other vegetables and provide more nutrition. Use the powder for recipes like this chocolate orange blueberry smoothie or for quick veggie serving, use tablets or capsules. Please use our store locator to find a location near you where you can buy Pines. Also, feel free to order online.

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