Dark Green Vegetables! In honor of St. Patrick’s Day you should not only be wearing green today but also eating green. Green vegetables are powerhouse foods essential for optimal health, beneficial for your weight, and an excellent internal cleanser. The USDA recommends we eat 3 cups of dark green vegetables or 6 cups of raw leafy dark green vegetables per week. I suggest you eat them as often and as much as you can. Here are some reasons why:
1. Nutritional Powerhouse
Green vegetables are calorie to calorie one of the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food on this planet. Each bite of these vegetables are packed with protein, vitamins (including vitamin K, C, E, and many B vitamins), minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and fiber. Green vegetables are also filled with phytonutrients such as beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.
2. Ideal for Weight Management
Green vegetables are low in calories which gives you more bang for your buck. 1 cup of spinach has only 7 calories, 1 cup Swiss Chard has only 33 calories, and 1 cup chopped raw kale has only 56 calories. These foods will add bulk without the extra pounds to any meal.
3. Excellent Cleanser
Green vegetables are loaded with minerals and high in fiber to help alkalize your body and wash your system of heavy metals, chemicals, and drugs.
Some great choices of dark green vegetables include:
- Collard Greens
- Mustard Greens
- Romaine Lettuce
- Swiss Chard
Use these tasty foods in a salad, wrap them up, add them to a stir-fry, throw them in a soup, or simply steam them for a delicious side. Also try out my Natural Green Smoothie, Kale and Chickpea Soup, or Simple Prune, Kale, and Apple Salad to include more dark green vegetables into your diet.
I hope you have a great St. Patrick’s Day!
In Love and Health,