The more things change, the more they stay the same, right? I mean, while diet trends ebb and flow, some advice simply remains concrete. That’s because some things are just plain true.
Like, “Eat More Greens.”
You’ve likely been told to eat your greens since you were a kid. Nutritionists, doctors, and mothers the world over all seem to know the same amazing truth about greens … they’re awesome for your health…
But why are leafy greens so good for you? And which greens are the best?
Well, here’s the cardinal rule of choosing which greens to put on your plate …
More bitter, more better.
Sure, everyone knows you need to eat your veggies, but the bitter, leafy ones really are the best. Not only are these vegetables nutrient-dense, they’re also a vital source of antioxidants.
In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends you eat 2 ½ to 3 cups of dark green veggies every day.1 And it turns out, leafy bitter greens like kale, swiss chard, and collard greens can work wonders for your health.
Why? Well …
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1.They boost energy
Bitter greens contain amazing levels of polyphenols, which give you long-lasting energy, improve your digestion, and keep you healthy as you age. They’re also really helpful when it comes to supporting brain function and slowing cognitive decline.2,3
2.They curb hunger
They’re packed with fiber to fill you up fast and promote a healthy metabolism. Furthermore, they contain thylakoids – little sac-like membranes in the leaves which help suppress hunger.4
3.They’re rich in antioxidants
Bitter greens contain health-boosting antioxidants like flavonoids and carotenoids, which are crucial for fighting free radical damage.5
4.They’re full of vital nutrients
They contain high amounts of vitamins A, C, K, B, & E, which helps promote full-body health.
There’s really no arguing with the facts … bitter greens are simply one of the best foods you can eat to help improve your health because they’re full of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
But what if just you don’t like greens?
Well, first of all, I’d challenge you to have a conversation with the your inner kid who made that decision because he didn’t want to do anything his mom told him to do.
But, if he’s too stubborn to let his adult self eat greens regularly, you can still sneak them into your meals.
Whether you add them to an Omega-3 egg scramble, blend them in a smoothie, or saute them with garlic, mushrooms, and other Plant Paradox-approved veggies, there are so many excellent ways to get your greens.
And the award goes to for the best leafy greens…
Any way you look at it, kale really is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. This nutritional rockstar is an amazing source of antioxidant vitamins C, K, and A. Kale’s also got a great deal of calcium, folate, and potassium. And there are lots of varieties of kale to choose from – Curly Kale, Dino Kale, Red Russian Kale, Chinese Kale etc. – so you can find your fave.
Delicious when sauteed, swiss chard is easily recognized by its deep red stalks and veins. It’s an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which help to stimulate and improve the immune system. Swiss chard is also known to help reduce inflammation and help maintain proper blood sugar levels.
Though collard greens are sometimes mistaken for kale, they’re a bit heartier and, therefore, a little chewier. With their wide, sturdy leaves, collard greens also make a great bread substitute if you’d like to turn your favorite sandwich into a wrap. Also, the vitamins and minerals in collard greens can help support bone strength and increase physical energy.
Whatever you do, make your mom (and me) very proud – don’t skip your bitter greens! They’re just too important. Once you start to incorporate them into your diet, you’ll actually begin to crave them.
For more health and wellness advice, keep reading:
1.”All About The Vegetable Group”. Choose MyPlate. N.p., 2017. Web. 3 July 2017.
2. Brazier, Brandon. “10 Foods That Boost Your Energy”. US News. N.p., 2015. Web. 3 July 2017.
3. “Eating Green Leafy Vegetables Keeps Mental Abilities Sharp”. ScienceDaily. N.p., 2015. Web. 3 July 2017.
4. Erlanson-Albertsson, Charlotte, and Per-Åke Albertsson. “The Use Of Green Leaf Membranes To Promote Appetite Control, Suppress Hedonic Hunger And Loose Body Weight”. N.p., 2017. Print.
5.Lobo, V et al. “Free Radicals, Antioxidants And Functional Foods: Impact On Human Health”. N.p., 2017. Print.