Get in your greens

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:

  • Cabbage
  • Chard
  • Collards
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Watercress

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.

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This is the small one, get the one that’s the size up – or start with the small one and work your way up!

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 🙂

 

Author: Jackie

Jackie is a certified holistic nutritionist (with the Alive Academy out of Richmond, B.C.) in her spare time. Full-time she works in an office (like many of you!) and is always looking for ways to make her busy life happy and healthy. She is a mom to 2 lovely daughters, and a wife to a picky-eater husband who always keeps her on her toes when she is creating healthy recipes.

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