Greens are the most commonly missing food in modern diets. Learning to incorporate dark leafy greens into the diet is essential to establishing a healthy body and immune system.We are talking about dark, leafy greens like spinach, arugula, kale, spring greens, collard greens, cabbage, mesclun, mustard greens, watercress, broccoli rabe, bok choy, dandelion greens, beet greens, etc...
+ Greens help build your internal micro biome (the good bacteria you hear so much about?!)
+ They strengthen the blood and respiratory system.
+ They are high-alkaline foods. Alkaline minerals in our bodies neutralize acidic conditions that cause disease. Green vegetables help to replenish our alkaline mineral stores and filter out pollutants.
+ Nutritionally, greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E, and K. They are loaded with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll, and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals.
I mean, need I say more??
While choosing organic is recommended, eating non-organic greens is still preferable to not eating any greens at all.
Greens are so easy to incorporate. We always think of salads when we think of greens, but if you prefer other ways, there are plenty!
+ Add them in soups.
+ Add them to a breakfast omelette.
+ Juice them.
+ Blend them and have a green smoothie.
+ Steam them.
+ Make chips (think kale chips?).
+ Add them in pasta, rice dishes or stir fries.
Challenge for the Week:
This week, try adding greens DAILY, at least once a day. Anything you cook, think of how you can add some greens, or think ahead and try a smoothie or juice!
Good luck and stay tuned to next week for the next Month of May Healthy Habit Challenge!