What is this Green “shizzle” you see when you walk into the produce aisle of the grocery store? Some of it looks like the hanging plants in an office. Others have similar sounding names to the weeds one would pull out of a garden. The crisp yet tasteless iceberg lettuce of your salads hardly seems nourishing next to a steak. We’re told we need to eat more green leafy vegetables but what does it all mean? Have no fear! Nuritiongal is here to demystify any “Green” confusion you may be having.
Leafy greens help support your health in many ways, such as alkalizing (neutralizing acidity) of the body. Why is this important? Our bodies are more likely to become overly acidic from proponents of the diet, as well as environmental pollutants. Having an overly acidic condition in the body creates illness. The body’s health is dependent on maintaining a balance in acidity.
id you ever notice that leafy greens kind of look like the respiratory system of the body? Surprisingly leafy greens that are rich in vitamin A, such as kale, help support the respiratory system. It was found that a common carcinogen found in cigarettes, benzo pyrene, causes a vitamin A deficiency, which is a common trait in individuals suffering from emphysema. That doesn’t mean you can light up a pack of cigs and compensate by eating a pound of lettuce per day – not even if you’re Bugs Bunny!!!
Wait till you see the latest nutritious upgrades to your daily dose of iceberg lettuce! Some may seem unfamiliar but they will soon become your best friends. Photos of each of the greens mentioned below are attached to this e-mail.
How to cook em’
Raw, steamed, simmered, juiced
1.) Arugula – high in vitamins A and C, it stimulates natural detoxifying enzymes in the body. Add to raw salads for an low calorie and aromatic and slightly bitter accent.
2.) Baby Romaine – packed with antioxidant cartenoids that are great for eye health. The multi-colored baby romaine are both delicious and aesthetically pleasing to add to salads or sandwiches.
4.) Kale – rich in Vitamin A and has anti-cancer properties. Steam the leaves and drizzle olive oil with fresh minced garlic or a tahini sauce.
5.) Spinach – high in Vitamin A, folate and magnesium. It’s great raw or steamed. Add to pastas or pizzas for a nutritious Popeye-packed punch!
6.) Swiss Chard – high in vitamin A, C and K. It’s great steamed. The stalks can be eaten but the leaves are the most delicious and easily digestible part. The more you cook it the less bitter it tastes.
7.) Watercress – good source of Vitamin A, C, E and folate. It is great sauteed or in salads and sandwiches. Watercress was believed to be used by the late Hippocrates on his patients due to its purification properties.
Now that you know a few good greens check them out and see how you like them for yourself. If you’re finding it a challenge to get your daily greens, remember that every little bit counts. The more you add to your diet, the more you will experience the aforementioned benefits.
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