Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Greens Are Gorgeous

Like it or not (so thankful I happen to love it) dark, leafy greens such as kale, chard, collards, spinach and dandelion, are the most nutrient dense foods around. Eating or juicing them raw, or lightly steamed, has long been proven extremely beneficial for your body. Blood, bones, skin, hair, digestion, immunity, sleep, energy, you name it- greens get it "right". A true example of "food as medicine", dark, leafy greens provide us with all the essential elements for wellness. Like what, you ask? Well, for starters...

*Antioxidants and phyto(plant)nutrients, which protect against free-radicals created by our bodies and the environment. They help slow, prevent and even reverse degenerative diseases and pre-mature aging. Very, VERY important!

* Abundant vitamins and minerals such as vitamins K, B, C and D, beta carotene, protein, amino acids, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and Omega Fatty Acids. Greens are so jam-packed with the good stuff that our bodies NEED!

* Chlorophyll, the green pigmentation in plants, helps clean the blood, increase immunity, carry oxygen to the cells and even deodorizes the intestines. It's available in many veggies but especially in leafy greens and can also be supplemented in a liquid form. (I really like ChlorOxygen because you can travel with it)

And that's just the short list! Greens are also alkalining, which helps balance the bodies pH with the acidity in so many foods such as meat, dairy, bread, sweets etc. This is a topic unto itself that I would love to tell you more about sometime ;) Bottom line, alkaline foods (aka gorgeous greens!) boost energy levels, enhance mental clarity, produce glowing, clear skin, reduce inflammation, dis-ease, allergies and much more.

Please note: eating and juicing RAW greens ensures that you get ALL of the nutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes in their purest form. Juicing breaks down the cell walls of the veggies so they are more easily digested and assimilated. Smoothies are also a great way to get your greens in, especially if you're not a fan of the taste (for some strange reason... just joking ;)

To further encourage you to eat (or drink) your spinach, I pulled up some great recipes to try:

Smoothies- Author Victoria Boutenko and her Raw Family

Juicing- Juice Recipes Now.
I also highly recommend Organic Avenue's Young LOVE (Spinach, Celery, Cucumber)

Cooked Dishes- Simply Recipes includes a variety of greens

Bon Appetit!

1 comment:

Love Tasha West said...

Spoken from a true the greens!