This is part of a series of posts called “14 Days to a Healthier You”
Okay, we all know that vegetables are good for you. In fact, they’re GREAT for you and the foundation of a healthy diet.
The cornerstone of healthy vegetables are dark leafy greens, such as kale, collard greens, chard, mustard greens, broccoli, spinach, arugula, meslcun… I could go on.
So why are these vegetables so good for you? Some of their health benefits:
- They have a TON of nutrients and vitamins, such as vitamins A, C, D, E and calcium.
- They promote healthy blood circulation and help your body detoxify.
- They have lots of fiber, which helps keep things moving.
- They provide light, flexible energy (and lots of it!).
Studies have also shown that eating lots of dark leafy greens can help elevate your mood and lessen depression.
In short — these are miracle workers and should play an important role in everyone’s diet. Aim for at LEAST 1/2 c per day, every day. Some easy ways to “sneak” greens into your diet include pureeing cooked greens (such a kale) and adding that to homemade soup, adding a few handfuls of spinach to your smoothie, or throwing some greens in with a stir fry. Experiment with them all and find your favorite — if you aren’t a fan of some greens, that’s okay! Just find the ones you love and eat lots of them.
RECOMMENDATION: Add more greens to your diet, starting with incorporating them into one meal per day. As you learn to love them, aim for eating them with at least 2 meals per day.
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped