Green vegetables are often missing from modern diets. Learning to incorporate dark leafy greens into your diet is essential to establishing a healthy body and immune system. Green vegetables help strengthen your blood and respiratory systems as well as promote digestive health. When you nourish yourself with greens, you naturally crowd out the food that can make you sick. Leafy green vegetables are high-alkaline foods. Alkaline minerals in our bodies neutralize acidic conditions caused by the environment. Green vegetables can 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 also 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, get adventurous and experiment with new greens that you haven’t tried; bok choy, kale, collards and mustard greens for example.
Raw salad is a convenient way to consume greens but steaming, boiling or sauteing are other good options. You can drink the cooking water as a fortifying broth or tea if you are using organic greens. Steaming, as a cooking option, makes greens more fibrous and tight which helps you feel fuller, longer. Get creative and enjoy your greens!