Greens are an extremely important part of our diet but also sometimes very lacking in most peoples diet. Calcium, iron, magnesium, folic acid, vitamin C are just some of the nutrients found in green leafy vegetables. Some health food advocates think that greens in your diet are the most important aspect and should be consumed as a major part of our diet. I tend to agree with this idea, think about how a large cow can live on a diet exclusively on grass. The power of greens should not be ignored; if you think you are not consuming enough greens in your diet (which is most people) here are some tips to up the greens intake.
- Keep washed greens (spinach, kale, chard, parsley..) in the fridge to easily add to smoothies, soups, eggs or any meal you can add some greens to.
- Consume most of your greens raw, this will ensure you’re getting the maximum nutrition from them.
- Keep a greens powder on hand and add to water, smoothies or juice in the mornings for when you run out of the real thing.
- Make kale chips in the oven or dehydrator as a healthy chip alternative.
- Eat a variety of greens and include bitter greens and weeds such as dandelion green into your diet for even more health benefits.
These are just a few ideas to help you add greens to your diet. Start with a little to get used to the green taste and add more into your diet as you adjust. The added vitamins and minerals in your diet will add a boost of energy and vitality to your life!