Leafy and non-leafy greens are rich in iron, calcium, vits A, C, E, K, folate, phytochemicals, etc. They purify blood, boost immunity, promote healthy gut flora, and check inflammation. As they alkalize the body and hinder cancer incubation, leafy greens lower skin cancer risk and reduce cancer. Toss up a spinach, kale, peas, and celery salad or grab a lettuce sandwich. Juice greens with a sweet fruit for a kids' choice smoothie.
While I encourage people to have a rainbow of colors on their plate, greens should dominate. Why?
The color green is actually associated with life, vitality, and renewal. Greens are essential for ensuring certain cells in your skin as well as your gut function properly. Green leafy vegetables are among the most nutrient-dense foods available.
Green Leafy Vegetables
- Swiss chard
- Mustard leaves
- Buk choy
Non-Leafy Green Vegetables
Even your non-leafy green vegetables are packed full of nutrients and vitamins. Examples include:
- Brussels sprouts
At the end of the day, regardless of whether you opt for leafy ones or non-leafy ones, green vegetables are both great for you. One of my absolute favorite green vegetables is spinach.
How To Have Your Greens
In the words of Popeye, “I’m strong to the finish when I eats me spinach.” This is so true. I have spinach in salads, with my eggs for breakfast, and in juices and smoothies. There are many more ways you can get the goodness of greens into you. You just need to find what suits you, especially those of you who have children!
My nieces weren’t a huge fan of having greens when they were little. So I involved them by getting them to help me make my Green Power Smoothie. Adding some sweet fruits to the mix is great for kids as that’s what they love — something sweet! So not only did they have fun, they had some greens to get the essential nutrition.
Nutrition And Benefits
Greens are high in iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, vitamins A, C, E, K, folate, chlorophyll, enzymes, and many other phytochemicals or plant nutrients.
Greens really bring so much to the table to help support your inner ecosystem. Their benefits are vast. They have been shown to:
- Boost immune function
- Provide steady energy
- Promote healthy intestinal flora
- Improve liver, kidney, and gallbladder function
- Help reduce inflammation
- Keep disease away
- Help clear congestion
- Purify the blood
- Improve circulation
According to a study published in the International Journal of Cancer, researchers found that increasing intake of green leafy vegetables was associated with a 41% decrease in risk of skin cancer. The study also showed that people who previously had skin cancer had a 55% decrease in skin cancer by increasing their intakes of green leafy vegetables.
Disease flourishes in an acidic body. Alkalizing our body is one of the most powerful and important ways of interrupting carcinogenic incubations. Green leafy vegetables have that ability as they alkalize the body. That alone should have you piling the greens on your plate.
Like Popeye did, get your power from Greens!