Adding greens to your diet supplies an abundance of health benefits. Greens are full of vitamins, minerals and even protein. They are low in calories, high in fiber, nutrient rich and packed with antioxidants.
Think green. See green. Eat green. Drink green.
This is not hard to do. At the supermarket produce department look for the green section. What will you see? You will probably see rich shades of green... spinach, kale, collard greens, watercress, broccoli, arugula, mustard, dandelion greens and many others. The flavors are varied. Some are spicy, some bitter, and some sweet; a tasty addition to any meal, raw, steamed or cooked.
And if you look in your backyard, you may find edible weeds growing wild like purslane and lambsquarter, which are a tender and flavorful addition to any fresh salad.
Simple Superstar Smoothie
1 large or 2 small ripe mango
Handful of sweet strawberries
2 large handfuls of spinach
2 large leaves of kale or handful of tender baby kale
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Add enough water to fill blender about 1/3
Blend until smooth and fluffy
Pour into tall glasses
Decorate with a strawberry
Sassy Kale Salad
1 large or 2 small bunches of curly kale
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
pinch of salt
a squeeze of agave
a pinch of grated fresh ginger
handful of goji berries and pine nuts
Wash and destem kale leaves
Add 1st 3 ingredients
Massage kale with hands until it is reduced in size and looks well marinated
Add agave, ginger and goji berries
Mix well, serve and enjoy.
One of the simplest ways to go green, is to drink green smoothies. According to Ann Wigmore, blended foods are an excellent source of nutrition, because the fruits and greens have already been broken down into a form ready for digestion and maximum absorption. Also, you can drink more fruits and veggies than you can eat.