Packed with good nutrition
Greens are fully packed with fibers and of course vitamins and minerals that are essential to our health. Here are some of them:
Maybe you´ve heard that greens have chlorophyll ”plant blood” (the green color). And chlorophyll in itself has some great qualities:
So start eating more greens!
Some Good sources of leafy greens:
How much should I eat and how is it possible?
Some recommend eating like 3-4 cups of leafy greens a day. Maybe you find it hard in the beginning to have such a high intake? But there are some good tricks that I use myself:
Every morning I start my day with a green smoothie. It tastes yummie of fruits or berries but is packed with leafy great greens. I think I get at least the ½ of the daily intake in the morning.
And sometimes I have a smoothie for dinner too ☺
Don´t forget to chew! Even though the smoothie could be swallowed, you should chew so you produce some good enzymes!
Have you tried Green soups? I usually make them “half”raw. That means you put all the veggies in a mixer and pour hot water and mix. If you find raw soups too hard to eat when they are cold this can be an idea, though of course the nutrition and enzymes decrease a little bit if the water is too hot.
Baked or steamed veggies
Steaming the greens can be a good option if you find it hard to digest raw greens. I often eat baked or steamed veggies with a nice sauce. Just use your fantasy!
Pimp your salad with nice dressings!
Eat your salads for lunch and dinner! I make it simple. I buy a bag of salad. I Try to vary the greens so I don´t eat the same all the time. Pour it in a bowl. But here is the trick: I make different wonderful dressings to it. It can be nut, seed dressings. Or a simple olive oil & lemon dressing. Don´t forget to chew!
Ok so sometimes I´m lazy…
Then I pour some ruccola over my food and nothing more. But over all I can say that half of my plate is salad most of the times.
Yes unfortunately it is expensive (here in Sweden, anyway), if you compare it to unhealthy food. But in my opinion it is worth it in the long run. My health is number one in my life, and that makes my food one of the most important tools that I use in my life to be healthy. If you are fortunate to grow your own salad you´re lucky. But you can also sprout alfalfa etc to have some greens. It makes it cheaper in the long run.
Victoria Boutenko (known for her Green Smoothies) has written that when you start having smoothies with leafy greens, your taste for greens will increase. Somehow we find it hard to eat greens, but when you have started with the smoothies you´ll get used to them and start craving for greens. And I agree. I have been drinking smoothies for a year and a half and I don´t want to miss out my leafy greens! I have like a love relationship with the leafy cute greens.
Enjoy your wonderful greens!
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