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Add Green Leafy Vegetables To Your Diet

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

Kale Smoothie

  • 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
  • Ice

If you need any more convincing that green food is indeed the fountain of youth, go and read more on the following links:

author: Zone Fitness