For years I have been known as the Veggie Girl and the girl who is always toting a Mason jar filled with something akin to pond water. Thick pond water. But alas, I have had a love affair with green vegetables for many years now. They taste good to me and I know they are good for me. I can even say that they make me feel good. Apparently I am not alone in this green endeavor: green smoothie recipes are popping up all over the Internet and everyone is eating more kale these days. I could go as far as saying that Green is the new Black!
So why all this focus on greens?
Ah, greens, how I love thee. Let me count the ways:
Greens are amazingly rich in fiber. The starchy cellulose in greens acts like a scrub brush in our intestinal tracts, whisking out mucus, debris and toxins. By eating greens every day, your body will get this gentle detoxifying action on a daily basis.
Greens are our best source of Magnesium, a mineral most people are sorely deficient. A lack of magnesium can cause things to spasm and cramp: think headaches, eye twitches, leg cramps and even high blood pressure. That’s right: magnesium can relax the blood vessels and lower blood pressure naturally.
Because greens are so high in fiber and magnesium, they are nature’s cure for constipation. Eating more greens helps to move the bowels as the excess fiber encourages the intestines to move things along at a healthier clip. And magnesium acts as a natural laxative. Remember Milk of Magnesia? Blending your greens is even more beneficial for sluggish bowels. I have yet to meet a woman who has not cured her constipation after adding green smoothies to her daily diet!
Greens are nutritional powerhouses, filled with phytonutrients such as carotenes, bioflavonoids and polyphenols. Phytonutrients keep us healthy by warding off cancer, reducing cholesterol and maintaining the health of our organs. The chlorophyll in greens is actually very similar to our own blood and acts as a blood cleanser, purifying the blood.
Greens are nutrient dense but low in calories. Eating large salads with healthful dressings are satisfying yet so low in calories they are a boon to people trying to lose weight. Eating a large salad before dinner can help you eat less during the meal.
Stay tuned for my tips for adding more green to your diet!