Green leafies are a great source of protein, fiber, calcium, iron, Vitamins K, C, E, and A, among others. They are loaded with phytonutrients like beta-carotene and lutein. Eating all these nutrients in the leafy greens, as opposed to in supplement form, has been shown to promote health in all parts of our bodies. Greens help prevent cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, macular degeneration and cataracts.
I just have to add that no matter how fabulously nutritious greens are, our health depends upon the overall content of our diet. We can’t just add a serving of kale to our lunch of cheeseburger, fries, and coke, and expect to have superpowers! Adding lots of greens to a diet of a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, and a few nuts and seeds is the prescription for great health.
Raw greens are delicious in salads, of course, but also try blending them with fruit to make green super-smoothies. Refreshing, nourishing, and delicious! Try eating greens lightly steamed, added to soups and casseroles, in stir-fries, and even on pizza. The more greens you eat, the more you’ll develop those superpowers. (Just be sure it is only the first floor window, if you decide to jump out!)
Go for it!
Okay now, c’mon. Tell us some of your childhood secrets. Where did you get YOUR superpowers? Anybody else here eat spinach because of Popeye?
Delisa is a plant-based nutrition and cooking instructor in Alaska. She believes that we are designed to be slim and healthy.