Salad season! Ok, maybe it’s salad season all of the time, or it should be. The health benefits of our leafy green
friends are vast and easy to incorporate into our daily diet. They are also a delicious addition to any meal. So go for it and stuff your face with these nutritional wonders. Salad is only one way to eat leafy greens. Here are some other great tips to serve leafy greens with your meals and also some nutritional tips as well. Enjoy!
Benefits of leafy greens-Where do I start? Leafy greens are choc full of vitamins and minerals and phyto-chemicals that help fight disease. They are full of water which keeps you hydrated during the hot summer months and also contributes to beautiful skin and hair. They contain lots of fiber which keeps you full and contributes to weight loss. Fiber and antioxidants also contribute to a healthy heart by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. They are an excellent source of folate which improves memory and can ward off depression. If you want to detox your body and get on the path to looking and feeling younger then leafy greens need to be part of your daily diet.
Leafy Green Faves
Arugula-A staple for my garden. It’s a leafy green vegetable with a peppery taste. It is generally used in salads, but it also makes a great pesto. The phytochemicals and antioxidants help boost memory. It’s also a good source of potassium which helps prevent osteoporosis.
Collard Greens-A member of the cabbage family, I love to steam these or saute them in coconut oil. They are a great source of beta carotene which is good for vision. They also contain vitamin k which strengthens the bones.
Spinach-Popeye had it going on. This is one of the most nutrient dense plants on the planet. It’s high in fiber and low in calories which makes it perfect for weight loss. It is a high source of iron and vitamin B which helps to maintain a strong circulatory system and promotes healthy skin and hair. Throw it in a salad, cook it or eat it raw. You will reap the benefits.
These are just a few of my favorites. You probably have your favorites too. Anyone ever heard of kale? You get the picture. Get some leafy greens in your diet today! Put them in a salad! cook them! juice’em! Just eat them!
Here is a favorite summertime salad recipe for you:
3 cups of organic arugula(washed)
1 Shallot Chopped
1 cup of cherry tomatoes(halved)
1 tablesoon of olive oil
2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
Add pepper and garlic powder to taste