The bottom line is that calorie for calorie greens probably contain the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. And with all these nutrients combined not only will your cells and long term health thank you you can also expect the following short term benefits:
Deep down we all probably know that green vegetables are good for us but for most people that doesn’t make us want to sit down to a bowl of spinach every day.
I am going to share with you some of my super, favourite ‘secret’ tips for adding greens to your day.
Juicing – Is probably the quickest way to deliver a powerhouse of readily available nutrients to your cells. Because the fibre has been extracted from the fruit and vegetables there is very little digestion involved so the goodness of the juice can get to work immediately on repairing your cells and rejuvenating your body. Green juices do not have to be made from greens alone, in fact mixing your greens with fruit will make the juice delicious even to the fussiest of eaters.
My favourite green juice is called Green Zinger and it is a combination of apples, cucumber, celery, lettuce, ginger and lemon (click here for the full recipe). Don’t be put off by the list of ingredients simple juices are just as tasty, orange and spinach is a simple yet satisfying combo too.
Smoothies – are a quick easy way to add greens to your day without having to own an expensive juicer. They taste great because they tend to be sweeter and smooth owing to the fruits you team your greens with. A mixture of Orange, Mango and Kale (click here for the full recipe) is a perfect blend for a fulfilling snack. To make a smoothie all you need is a half decent blender, nothing expensive or fancy. You may need to add a glass or 2 of water to get the blades spinning depending on what ingredients you choose to use, the type of blender, and the desired thickness of your smoothie.
Green powders – There are many green powders available on the market, each containing their own concoction of grasses, seaweeds and enzymes; my personal favourite is Nature’s Living Superfood by Kiki, I have tried many in the past and this is the one that I know is of good quality, raw and that my tastebuds like. You can add green powders to just about anything, juices, smoothies, dips and salads. But, and this is a big but, it will alter the taste of the original recipe so if you don’t fancy messing with your favourite dip or smoothie try adding a teaspoon (or more or less) to a large glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. This is what I call ‘Cheats Green Juice’. My breakfast usually consists of a green juice in the mornings but when I don’t have time or I haven’t planned properly (which is half of the time, after all, I am only human) I will have a ‘Cheats Green Juice’. It takes less than 5 minutes to make and I still benefit from all the goodness of a green juice.
All you need for this is a basic citrus juicer, mine is a cheap plastic one from the supermarket. Grab 4 or so small juicy oranges, juice them by hand with your citrus press pour into a glass add a tsp of Natures Living Superfood stir well and enjoy.
Salads - Aside from salads made of basic lettuce you could try being more inventive with your greens. It is always better to vary your greens so that you can benefit from the slightly different nutrient profiles from the different leafy greens, so try using cabbage, or spinach instead of lettuce or throw some parsley, basil or rocket into your everyday salad; variety is key to good nutrition. The combinations of salads are endless, try adding some grated carrot to a bowl of shredded cabbage and dressing it in tahini, lemon juice and sea salt for an amazing alternative to cold slaw.
Wraps – Have you ever considered using big green leaves such as collard greens as a wrap alternative? You should try mashing an avocado with lemon juice, salt and paprika and spreading it onto a collard leaf with a sprinkling of cherry tomatoes, cucumber and even sprouts if you have them to hand. Roll and eat. Voilla. Quick, easy, delicious.
These are just a few ideas for adding more greens to your day, there are so many more to discover. Once you discover greens and their natural goodness you will want to add more and more to your diet and will crave junk food less.
Yay for greens!