Eating more greens is a one-way ticket to a healthier bod and a kick-ass immune system.
Let’s face it, would you rather have a thriving rainforest inside you, sparkling with life, vital nutrients and energy… or a dried-up old desert? No contest, right?
Greens boast high levels of calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E, and K. They’re loaded with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll, and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals.
Green vegetables are also high-alkaline foods. An alkaline-balanced body is healthy, vibrant and energetic. An acidic body is degenerating, breaking down, and showing symptoms of sickness and disease. Refined sugar, processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, dairy, wheat and simple carbs (white bread, cakes, pastries) are all highly acidic in the body.
The best way to replenish our alkaline mineral stores and filter out toxic pollutants? Greens, baby!
Benefits of Consuming Greens:
:: Blood purification
:: Improved circulation
:: Strengthened immune system
:: Cancer prevention
:: Boost of light, flexible energy
:: Promotion of healthy intestinal flora
:: Improved liver, gall bladder, and kidney function
:: Cleared congestion, especially in lungs, by reducing mucus
When you nourish yourself with greens, you also naturally ‘crowd out’ foods that make you sick. Every bite/sip of the green stuff is one less bite/sip of unhealthy alternatives. Win-win!
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼There are a huge range of greens available year round, so explore your local farmers market for seasonal offerings and munch them often. If you get bored with your favourites, experiment with new greens that you’ve never tried before. Rotate a variety of fresh greens into your diet to achieve the greatest, sparkly benefits.
1. Smooth & Juicy
Go green with your juices and smoothies, baby! The most deliciously divine way to get your sparkle on. Click here for gallons of the good stuff.
2. Salad Starters
Start each meal with a small salad. Raw salad is refreshing, cooling, and supplies live enzymes. It’s also a great way to take the edge off your hunger and fill your belly with low-calorie, low-fat food. Bonus points for sneaking as many dark, leafy greens into your salads as possible. Check out these super salad recipes.
3. Herb Toppers
Fresh herbs add scrumptious flavour to any dish. Think coriander/cilantro and mint on Asian dishes, basil on Italian, and parsley on Middle Eastern cuisine. Try growing your own little windowsill garden and have fun experimenting with different herb combinations.
To make fresh herbs the main attraction, try this Quinoa Tabbouleh or Zucchini, Pea & Mint Salad.
4. Punchy Pesto
I love zingy swirls of Basil & Pine Nut Pesto on just about anything. You can also make pesto from kale, parsley, coriander, macadamias, pistachios, or almonds. Have fun experimenting and try it out in Risotto, Soup, Pasta or Raw Zucchini Noodles.
5. Green Tea
Green tea contains oodles of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. And best of all, it’s incredibly portable so you can carry it with you anywhere. Sip often and let the benefits wash over you.
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