Do you ever feel bogged down by the foods you eat? Is your body heavy or lethargic after eating a typical meal? You, like many other people, might be missing a very valuable staple of a healthy diet: dark green, leafy vegetables.
How many servings of vegetables do you eat in a day? How many of those veggies are dark green and leafy? The benefits of green vegetables are often overlooked. Dark green leafy vegetables, like kale, collards, broccoli and beet greens are high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc (not to mention fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K). Leafy greens are important nutritional resources that can not only lighten up a meal, but help prevent Type II diabetes. They are also important to your intestinal flora, kidney and liver function and green veggies can also strengthen your immune system.
What’s stopping you from eating your vegetables? Is it the taste? The preparation? Adding greens to your diet is easier than you think! Here are some easy tips for incorporating more green veggies into your life. Go Green for St. Patty’s Day this Thursday!
- Add some green to your breakfast! Mix some spinach into your scrambled eggs: simply beat the eggs, pour them into a pan and add a few handfuls of spinach. Coat the spinach with egg and scramble! Or try making a breakfast frittata with kale!
- Make a massaged kale salad for lunch! These salads are so easy and quite delicious (and one of my favorites!). Pour a little olive oil into a bowl, add garlic (fresh or powder), sea salt and kale leaves. Then massage the oil into the leaves and voila: you have a delicious salad! Top it with sliced almonds, bacon or tuna for some added protein and fat
- Wrap it up! Wrap your sandwich innards with Swiss chard or collard greens instead of your usual pita wrap! Fill the leaves with your usual sandwich makings for a delicious, portable lunch. This idea comes straight from Ashley at Edible Perspective.
- Make a Green Monster! Pop some dark green leafys in the blender along with some banana, strawberries, almond butter and a little coconut for a nutrient packed drink!
Changing your diet can seem daunting, but you never have to go through it alone! Now is a great time to seek the support and guidance of a nutrition counselor—contact me at AllisonNichols.HC@gmail.com or 339-545-1321 for a free consultation!
What green foods will you be eating this Saint Patrick’s Day?