With so many fad diets and opinions swirling around in the news, social media, and in book stores it can be super confusing what you should be doing if you want to be healthier. Some diets claim low-fat, high carb is the way to go; others say high protein, grain free is the best. Some people say their life has been completely renewed on a Paleo diet, eating a high amount of meat and Vegans eat no animal products at all and say that is the only way to go. However, one thing most diets agree on is a high intake of green vegetables.
So if there is one thing everyone should eat more of, its GREEN VEGETABLES! Veggies like broccoli, kale, spinach, Bok choy, collards, watercress, the list goes on and on, are packed with vitamins and nutrients that can help you fight and prevent disease. They are absolutely necessary if your immune system is going to work properly. And you want your immune system working to fight colds, the flu, virus and more serious conditions like heart disease and cancer.
When eating a nutrition inadequate diet, such as the standard American diet, that is loaded with processed foods, most people are deficient in many essential nutrients and minerals that your body needs to work properly and keep you healthy. If you are eating a standard American diet you are immune-suppressed. When you have a suppressed immune system you are more susceptible to disease and even a harmless cold can mutate into a deadly virus. By eating your greens every day you are giving your body and immune system the disease fighting ammunition it needs to fight disease and repair the damage your body has already incurred.
So rather than having a side salad with lunch or dinner, make your greens the star of your meal. When your kids ask what’s for dinner, lead with greens. We needs to start a revolution that is not solely focused on animal products and processed foods. Make plants the superstars of every meal! You’re body will thank you!
Now this does not mean you need to eat salads and smoothies for every meal; although they absolutely have their place. Here are some delicious recipes from around the web that highlight greens as the star of your meal. Try incorporating these dishes over the next few weeks and see how you feel! Maybe follow the meatless Monday trend. Think of these recipes as the entrée or main course and if you need to add some meat to it, like my fiancé will request, have that be a side.
- Dandelion Pesto by The Clean Dish
- Roasted Broccoli Quinoa Salad by Two Peas and Their Pod
- Sautéed Swiss Chard with Garlic and Lemon by Bon Appétit
- Rainbow Power Greens Salad with Black Eyed Peas by Cotter Crunch
- Alkalizing Green Detox Soup by Detoxdiy
- Little Green Goddess Soup by The Little Green Spoon
I’d love to hear how your thoughts on adding more greens to your diet. What is your favorite green recipe?