Dark leafy green veggies are a great way to pack your diet with nutrients, and to counter the heaviness of the typical Western diet. Greens have a bitter taste, which is an essential taste to have in our diet every day. If we miss out on the bitter taste in our daily diet, we are more likely to need this bitter taste in medications later on. Which would you prefer?
What exactly is meant by leafy greens? Most folks think of lettuce, but that’s not all that I’m talking about here. Dark leafy greens include kale, collards, Swiss chard, mustard greens, turnip greens, Bok Choy, spinach and dandelion greens, among others. We can eat more by cooking them (they actually aren’t as pleasant or digestible when eaten raw, except in very small amounts).
Greens are very light and are packed with vitamins and minerals. They are good for the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes. They are a good liver cleanser and help to boost the immune system. The bitterness helps us burn excess off the body, so they are an aid to weight loss. When my husband and I are on vacation, eating out in restaurants takes its toll on us. When we get home the first thing we cook is leafy greens, and we come back into balance almost immediately.
Spinach, Swiss chard and beet greens are high in oxalic acid, which prevents us from absorbing calcium. They are therefore best eaten in moderation, rather than several times a week.
Greens are good cooked with coriander powder, which adds sweetness and counters the pungency of the greens. They can be cooked with sweet veggies such as sweet potatoes, butternut squash, or beets. They are really delicious and very satisfying if you heat some healthy fat in your skillet (like coconut or olive oil), add the coriander powder and sauté briefly, and onions and maybe also garlic and ginger and sauté until tender, add your greens and other veggies with some salt, pepper and water. Then cover, stirring occasionally and adding water as needed. Cook until done to your liking.
Another way to get the benefits of greens is to make a green smoothie. Add greens with other green veggies like celery and cucumber. You can also add something to sweeten them up, like some carrot or green apple. Other additions might include: protein powder, hemp or flax seeds, almond butter. Then add some water to blend it up. Whatever way you prepare them, they are well worth adding to your diet!
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