Do you know what the most missing ingredient is from the Western diet? Get more of them in to your diet and reap the rewards!
Dark, leafy green vegetables are some of the easiest and most beneficial vegetables to incorporate into your daily routine. Densely packed with energy and nutrients, they grow upward to the sky, absorbing the sun’s light while producing oxygen. Members of this royal green family include kale, Swiss chard, rocket, broccolini, watercress, beet greens, bok choy, cabbage, spinach and broccoli.
How do greens benefit our bodies? They are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc, and are a powerhouse for vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed full of fibre, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Their colour is associated with spring, which is a time to renew and refresh vital energy. In traditional Asian medicine, the colour green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity. Greens aid in:
• purifying the blood
• strengthening the immune system
• improving liver, gall bladder and kidney function
• fighting depression
• clearing congestion
• improving circulation
• keeping your skin clear and blemish free.
Leafy greens are the vegetables most missing from the Western diet, and many of us never learned how to prepare them. Try a variety of methods like steaming, boiling, sautéing in oil or water sautéing or waterless cooking. Boiling makes greens plump and relaxed (boil for under a minute so that the nutrients in the greens do not get lost in the water). Steaming makes greens more fibrous and tight, which is great for people trying to lose weight. Raw salad is also a wonderful preparation for greens It’s refreshing, cooling and supplies live enzymes.
Then each time you go to the market, pick up a new green to try. Soon you’ll find your favorite greens and wonder how you ever lived without them.
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