Food Focus: Greens

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If there was one food that I would recommend for everyone to have more of, it would be leafy greens. They are one of the easiest ways to improve your wellness and enhance your nutrition. Those beauties absorb the sun’s light while producing oxygen and chlorophyll which are both great for us. The list of leafy greens includes kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens, arugula, dandelion greens, broccoli rabe, watercress, beet greens, bok choy, savoy cabbage, green cabbage, spinach and broccoli and even bunches of our favorite herbs could apply.

Some of the benefits of greens are that they’re very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc, and are a powerhouse for vitamins A, C, E and K. They are also packed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. The color green is associated with spring, which is a time to renew and refresh vital energy.  In traditional Asian medicine, the color green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity. Greens aid in purifying the blood, strengthening the immune system, improving liver, gall bladder and kidney function, fighting depression, clearing congestion, improving circulation and keeping your skin clear and blemish free.

A great way to get more greens into your diet this spring is in green smoothies. Check out how to build a great green smoothie here. You can also try them in this month’s Sesame Shitake and Kale recipe for a great cleansing dish that will satisfy your taste buds and nourish your body. Add more greens this spring and reap the many benefits of these amazing vegetables!

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