Green vegetables are the most commonly missing food in modern diets. Learning to incorporate dark leafy greens into the diet is essential to establishing a healthy body and immune system. Greens help build your internal rainforest and strengthen the blood and respiratory systems. When you nourish yourself with greens, you naturally crowd out the foods that make you sick. Leafy green vegetables are also high-alkaline foods. Alkaline minerals in our bodies neutralize acidic conditions caused by the environment. Green vegetables help replenish our alkaline mineral stores and filter out pollutants.
Nutritionally greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and vitamins A, C, E, and K. They are loaded with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll, and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Although choosing organic is recommended, eating non-organic greens is still preferable to not eating any greens at all.
There are a wide variety of greens available year round, so explore options that you can enjoy and eat often. If you get bored with your favorites, be adventurous and experiment with new greens that you’ve never tried before (bok choy, kale, collards, mustard greens, etc.)
Raw salad is a convenient way to consume greens but also try a variety of cooking methods such as steaming, boiling or sauteing. You can also drink the cooking water as fortifying broth or tea if you are using organic greens. Steaming makes greens more fibrous and tight, which helps you feel fuller, longer. Get creative and enjoy your greens!