We all need to eat more leafy greens. A lot of us forget about this group of delicious vegetables and get stuck in a rut of eating carrots or corn as our main vegetable sources. Leafy greens like kale, swiss chard, dandelion, spinach, microgreens and mustard greens are all high in micronutrients such as magnesium, calcium, folate, vitamins A, C, K and fiber.
What are some of the benefits of eating more greens?
- aids the body’s natural detox process
- glowing skin
- reduced cravings
- increased energy
- boosts cardiovascular health
- high in antioxidants
- protects against disease
- improves bone health
I have a few “go to” greens (listed below) that are always on rotation in my diet. They’re great in juicing, green smoothies, in soups and just as a side vegetable for my lunch and dinner. It’s always great to mix it up though so don’t be afraid to try a green you haven’t had before, you may find a new favorite food!
Here are some health benefits that are found in the more popular greens-
- Romaine- It is actually high in protein, measuring at about 7 grams per head and is a complete protein with all 8 amino acids that our bodies don’t make on their own. It contains lots of vitamin C, A and B and some omega 3 fats as well.
- Spinach- It’s Popeye’s fuel of choice for a good reason. In addition to being high in the same nutrients found in romaine, it also contains high levels of betaine, which regulates proper homocysteine levels and supports the liver. It’s also high in iron and zinc.
- Kale- It is quite the superfood! It contains many cancer-fighting nutrients. It has high levels of vitamin A, C and K which are all great for our skin, eyes, lungs, bones and immune system. It also contains tons of glucosinolate and cysteine sulfoxide which help switch on the liver’s detoxifying enzymes.
- Swiss chard- This is a close relative of the beet and spinach family. It’s high in vitamin K which plays an important role in protecting bones, reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and helps cool down inflammation.
Do you have any favorite greens? What are some of your favorite ways to eat them? Let me know in the comments!