Ok folks. We all know it. Leafy greens are the richest in nutrients of pretty much any food. So why is it so hard to get them into our diet everyday?
When I saw “leafy greens” I’m referring to:
With these foods, you’re getting a lot of nutrients for not a lot of calories (that’s what people mean when they say “nutrient dense”).
Why should you eat greens? Well, they are dense in:
- Vitamin A (important for: eyesight, growth and tissue healing, healthy skin, antioxidiation, immune function)
- Vitamin C (important for: helping wounds heal, healthy blood vessels, immune function, help the body cope with stress and infection)
- Folic acid (important for: red blood cell production, important to the division of cells in the body, brain and nervous system function)
- and a lot of other things like iron, chlorophyll and calcium just to name a few.
It’s important. Eat your greens. But how much and how!?
For me, the key is not to think about it too much. If you’re not at the stage yet where you are eating a big salad every day and there are greens in each meal, fret not. There are ways you can introduce this into your diet.
Introducing: Jackie’s Spinach Challenge!
Every 4-5 days, I try to eat one of those large containers of spinach (or another green). The challenge is to finish the container, yourself, within a week.
It’s the most do-able with spinach. You can add spinach to smoothies, juices, curries, pasta sauce, salads, lasagna, pretty much anything. Just toss a handful in and don’t think about it! Spinach wilts down to pretty much nothing when you cook it, so that container is not as big as you think.
Try it! You’ll be feeling energized in no time 🙂