Have you had your greens today?
Eat more dark, leafy greens.
Why greens? Check out some of the benefits:
- Blood purification
- Cancer prevention
- Improved circulation
- Strengthened immune system
- Promotion of healthy intestinal flora
- Promotion of subtle, light and flexible energy
- Lifted spirit and elimination of depression
- Improved liver, gall bladder and kidney function
- Cleared congestion, especially in lungs by reducing mucus
- Protect against inflammation
When you get bored with your favorites, be adventurous and try greens that you’ve never heard of before. Broccoli is very popular among adults and children. Each stem is like a tree trunk, giving you strong, grounding energy. Rotate between bok choy, napa cabbage, kale, collards, watercress, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, dandelion and other leafy greens. Green cabbage is great cooked or raw, or in the form of sauerkraut. Arugula, endive, chicory, lettuce, mesclun and wild greens are generally eaten raw, but can be consumed in any creative way you enjoy. Spinach, Swiss chard and beet greens are best eaten in moderation because they are high in oxalic acid, which depletes calcium from bones and teeth, and may lead to osteoporosis. Cook these vegetables with something rich like tofu, seeds, nuts, beans, butter, animal products, or oil. This will help balance the effect of the oxalic acid.
- smoothies (you won't even know they're there, I promise)
- mix a variety of greens in your salad
- most any meal!
Also, try them on the side:
- bok choy
- kale chips (so easy to make)
handful of fresh baby spinach
handful of frozen or fresh kale
cucumber (about 1.5" with skin on)
3-4 frozen cherries or strawberries
1-2 dates (remove pits)
1 cup of water (may need to add more as necessary)
Add all ingredients to your blender. Blend until smooth. Pour and enjoy!
Try a variety of methods like steaming, boiling, sautéing in oil, water sautéing, waterless cooking or lightly pickling, as in a pressed salad.
Boiling makes greens plump and relaxed. Boil for under a minute so that the nutrients in the greens do not get lost in the water. You can also drink the cooking water as a health-giving broth or tea if you’re using organic greens.
Steaming makes greens more fibrous and tight, which is great for people who are trying to lose weight.
Raw salad is also a wonderful preparation for greens. It’s refreshing, cooling and supplies live enzymes.
Get into the habit of adding these dark, leafy green vegetables to your daily diet.
Try it out for a month and see how you feel.
Wellness Lifestyle Educator