What is so good about them?
I think that the place to begin both for health and weight loss is leafy greens. Why? Everyone always says, or has always said, " eat your vegetables", This is the message that we hear from childhool, so again, why? And better yet, why haven't we been listening?
Well, turns out, leafy greens, are really more important than you could have ever imagined. They are the base for a healthy, happy, life, with no, or at least less disease, and the basis for weightloss. They are chuck full of vitamins, and life. They receive nutrients from the sun, and nutrients from the grond, and when we eat them, they provide those nutrients to us.
Leafy Greens are great for weight Management. They are useful in reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease, as well as helping respiratory issues such as asthma, and allergy symptons. They are low in fat, high in dietary fiber, and rich in folic acid. They are also high vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, as well as contain phytochemicals, such as lutein, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene, They also have high amounts of Vitamin K and E, high in dietary fiber, and folic acid
Unbelievable! They are like the miracle vegetable. They are not all we need, but they are a great place to begin.
So, what are the leafy greens? They are, first on the list, and the most nutrient filled, Kale....other leafy greens include Spinach, Swiss chard, Mustard greens, Dandelion, Collard, Turnip Greens, Beet Greens, Romaine Lettuce, Broccoli, Cabbage. Iceburg Lettuce is okay, but not as nutrient dense as the darker greens.
And what on earth do we do with them? Well, you could steam them, or cook them, but truly, you do receive more of the vitamin content if they are raw. The easiest way that I find to enjoy them are in a smoothie. You really can get in more servings in one shot when you enjoy them this way and the smoothie below is packed with nutrition.
- 1 cup green grapes
- 1 (130 g) orange, peeled
- 1/2 Bartlett pear
- 1 (120 g) banana, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup kale
- 1/2 cup baby spinach
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 cups ice cubes
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