Many of us remember the horror of facing the green broccoli monster as a child. Not being allowed to leave the table until you’ve slain the dragon. Little did we know that, once conquered, the frog turns (us) into a prince.
Even the colour green is associated with nature, health, balance and growth; it calms the soul. If it has such a positive effect on the human spirit, imagine what it can do for the body.
Yes, green leafy foods are back. Not as a garnish on your plate but as powerful building blocks for optimal and enduring health.
Let’s summarise some of the benefits – there are many more. Green, leafy vegetables actually do this for your body:
- Alkalinize the blood
- Keep the colon healthy
- Prevent nutrient deficiencies
- Improve eyesight, bone health and skin elasticity
- Enhance heart health and brain function
Taste has been a big factor in preventing us from nibbling on these ultra-nutritious leaves. Try combining them with other foods to improve the taste. If the problem persists, juice it! Ever heard someone say “drink your vegetables”? Juicing is a great way to get those important phytonutrients into your body.
Try one, or both, of these delicious, super healthy juicing recipes, designed to put a spring in your step and keep you energised. Just combine the ingredients and blend.
Gratifyingly Green Smoothie
- 1/2 cup of coconut milk (chilled)
- 2 cups of chopped baby spinach
- 1 1/2 cups of chopped pineapple
- 1 frozen banana, chopped
- 1/2 cup of kale, chopped
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1 apple, unpeeled
- 1/4 cup coconut water, adjusted as desired
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds, optional
If you need any more convincing that green food is indeed the fountain of youth, go and read more on the following links: