Leafy green vegetables are top of the agenda when it comes to must haves in your diet.
The power of these foods are second to none, they are so nutrient dense, packed with fibre, phytochemicals, and all sorts of vitamins and minerals. Some include;-
- Vitamin A
- Some of the B complex
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
Many of the benefits of ingesting these powerful greens as well as gaining the above list, is that they have a positive effect on our digestinal health. The high fibre content concludes to smooth transition through the intestines.
Immune functions are boosted as well as cancer preventative elements too.
Inflammation, energy, and circulation are all improved as well.
Do you need any more reasons to go more green?
So let’s take a look at what sort of foods help do all this good work;-
These are all good choices, and especially if eaten raw, personally I think you get a fuller flavour. They all go well in green smoothies, which can be part of a hearty breakfast, and a great way to get your veg count up for the day.
However if you prefer cooked veggies, you still get benefits from steaming, boiling, or even light frying provided you choose a good stable fat to cook them in. Be mindful however of overcooking and diminishing the water soluble vitamins contained within the food.
One of the main elements in plant life is chlorophyll. Without this substance, life on earth would literally die out. It’s what makes the world breathe if you like.
Breaking this down into it’s simplest form, by eating green leafy veggies, you are eating life itself and creating more vibrancy within you. Eating something which was recently alive is the best way to go, whether that’s your veggies or animals that feed off those veggies.
The carbohydrates contained are mainly fibre, so helping to keep you fuller for longer with a lower carb count, great for fat loss or low carb dieters.
This helps also because of the low level of glucose, meaning your insulin response is limited and therefore not causing fat gain or experiencing the sugar crash two hours later.
Adding all these elements up puts green leafy vegetables in a great place, and should be making the bulk of your diet for health and weight loss/maintenance.
Green is for go, green is life.
Keep clean, stay lean.