If you've ever looked at a Daily Green menu item and thought to yourself "What the heck is that?" we feel for you. (Spirulina is certainly a weird word.)
The DG menu is chock full of ingredients that may not fall into the mainstream health food conversation, but are bursting with feel-good benefits.
To help showcase some of the magnificently unique ingredients we use and to empower our customers to order our dishes with more confidence, we've broken down some of the most uncommon ingredients from the DG kitchen.
Tempeh is a hearty brick of fermented soybeans originally thought up in Indonesia. It cuts like a block of cheese and perfectly absorbs the flavors of whatever you cook it in. Tempeh is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. as a meat alternative. It’s a low-calorie, low-fat source of protein, with one cup of tempeh packing around 30 grams of protein.
Cashew cream is a dairy-free alternative to whip cream or cream cheese made from cashews. The softness and flavor of cashews makes this a tasty vegan treat. Plus, there's almost 1 gram of protein per tablespoon, it's high in magnesium, cholesterol-free and a good source of copper, fiber and monounsaturated fats (the good kind of fat).
Nutritional yeast is a yellow powder that has a cheesy, nutty flavor without the use of dairy. Made from deactivated yeast, it's either used as an ingredient in recipes or as a condiment. It contains trace amounts of several vitamins and minerals and is a significant source of some B-complex vitamins.
Gritlins are made only at Daily Green, so if you wander the aisle of the grocery store, you won't find them. Gritlins are made from cheese grits that couldn't find their way onto a plate. Chef Eddie takes cold cheese grits from the refrigerator, scoops them into balls and dehydrates them until the outside is crispy and inside is gooey again. (Okay, maybe gritlins are not as healthy as the others on this list, but they are pretty darn delicious...)
Wheatgrass is considered one of the most powerful superfoods. The consumption of wheatgrass can be traced back to ancient Egypt, where it was thought to have a beneficial effect on health and vitality. One ounce of wheatgrass juice is like eating two pounds of vegetables. (Chef Eddie has had 2 ounces of wheatgrass every morning since Daily Green first opened and swears that he rarely gets sick.)
Spirulina is a cyanobacteria, a.k.a. blue green algae. It is a complete protein containing all of the essential amino acids, so you can throw this bright green powder into smoothies for an extra punch of protein.
The green superfood powder that we use at Daily Green has 71 different ingredients in the following subcategories: digestive enzymes, probiotics, sea vegetables, vitamins and minerals for overall health. Our mix also has chlorophyll and wheatgrass in it. It doesn't taste very good on its own, but can easily be masked with other flavors.
Bee pollen is exactly what it sounds like; it's a pollen ball collected from worker honeybees. The jury is still out on just exactly how it works to benefit the human body, but it contains a slew of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids and protein.
Maca is a plant (a relative of the radish) that has been grown in the high plateaus of the Andes Mountains for at least 3000 years. It's believed to have a positive impact on everything from memory to menopause.
Flaxseeds are tiny seeds with a huge health impact. Originally cultivated in Babylon around 3000 BC, these little guys are filled with Omega-3 essential fatty acids (a tablespoon of ground flaxseed has 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s), lignans (which have plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities) and both soluble and insoluble fiber.