How to get healing, weight losing, nuturing GREENS into your body TODAY!
Sometimes it's hard to follow nutritional trends. Are eggs in or out, good carbs versus bad carbs, fat is bad then good again...greens have NEVER left their place of importance in our diet! Greens have been important to the health of humans for millions of years. Greens clean our blood, greens give energy, greens fuel our workouts and our recoveries, greens contain numerous vitamins and minerals...I could go on! And I will...read on!
The best ways to rehydrate after a workout is...guess!?! Greens and green juices top the charts.
(Funny, in my nutrition training and research and education there was no mention of: over-loaded-with-high-fructose-corn-syrup-and-artificial-colors-sports-drinks-that-children-are-drinking-on-the-daily-even-physical-education-class-is-not-as-strenuous-as-an-eight-hour-in-the-sun-on-the-professional-football-field-workout.)
If getting and gathering ingredients, pulling out the juicer (or not having a juicer) is a bit much. I find blending green juices to be a much faster (and neater) endeavor and I get to keep all of the fiber involved! The Blendtec Blender is an investment but I’ve had mine as long as I’ve had my 14 year old daughter! In fourteen years, I probably would have had to replace less powerful blenders every year or two, thus costing more. Coincidentally, adding blended juices and smoothies while I was pregnant with her severely slowed my weight GAIN during pregnancy and aided my weight LOSS afterward.
If the Blendtec Blender is a bit much right now, there are great green powders that can be shaken with water or with protein powder. I like the green powders that have minimal ingredients. I like any product that has minimal ingredients. By following this rule, I get more of the ingredients I want and there is less of a chance of an ingredient bothering my digestive system (like artificial flavors or sweeteners).
Raw cacao powder also lends itself to greens in a juice or smoothie. The dark colors of the green and the chocolate “tell” you that the flavors will work together. But I’m getting sidetracked from the green nature of this blog...chocolate can do that to a person...to me!
Kale is in the cabbage family as is broccoli, all cabbages, Brussel sprouts, collards and cauliflower. These are all basically cabbage. You want to choose a variety of greens to assure you’ll get the best nutrients that each green has to offer. Think of these cabbages as one choice to rotate with other greens such as spinach, romaine and Swiss chard. For example, rotating Napa cabbage, cauliflower and collard greens is essentially eating the same thing over and over again. You also want to rotate in other (non cabbage) greens because each has a special set of mild toxins that ward off their natural predators (cabbages would have a lot of the same toxins). A little bit of these toxins is fine.
Yes, dark greens are bitter! Mother Nature made greens bitter so that animals (like ourselves) would know which plants were healing plants; medicinal in nature.
Kale is a no brainer for me. It's very good for you, can be made extremely delicious and I don't think we'll ever see headlines reading: "New Finding: Kale Not As Great As Once Thought!"
More specifically, what makes it “good” is it’s nutrient content. Kale contains: Vitamins A and K. These are both “fat soluble” which means your body will absorb them as long as you have a fat source with them. So make a kale salad and include a dressing with olive oil and or add an avocado to your. If you cook your kale, saute it in ghee or avocado oil. Or steam it and drizzle with olive oil at the end...and a squeeze of lemon juice...Yum!!!
Vitamin C has been shown to help fight the common cold!
Vitamin B6, magnesium and Calcium support better sleep. Magnesium and Calcium work together to literally make the body work better at a cellular level (there are numerous benefits to both...they will earn their own blog post some day.)
Copper becomes very important to women in their 30’s plus.
Kale also has antioxidants which slow the aging process and slows many diseases.
Kale is a low calorie, high nutrient, high fiber food. That means it will help you feel full because you will be full. Your body will be satisfied with the nutrients it needs and you won’t be hungry! Fill your plate or bowl with kale, add a fat source and have a beautiful protein. This will ensure you are on your way to better health. Keep up the habit and you’ll drop those last few pounds that have been holding on!
So...get some greens into your body right now by making this easy, delicious recipe. REAL FOOD, REAL RESULTS!