One of the most common questions I get is “Suzi, what’s the deal with the leafy greens? Why add greens in smoothies? Why not just drink it as a fruits smoothie? Wouldn’t it still be healthy?”
And the answer to that is yes! Fruit smoothies are very beneficial… But when you add the leafy greens in your smoothies, you take your smoothies game to whole nother level.
What do I mean? Well, leafy greens happen to be some of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. They’re high in fibre and are rich in mineral content and contain high levels of in chlorophyll, making them the perfect detox food and will keep your body lean, your skin youthful and glowing and your energy levels high.
BUT the problem is; most of us don’t actually eat leafy greens. The average person doesn’t include leafy greens as part of their diet. This is shocking, considering the powerful benefits they contain. I mean, we all know that veggies are good for us, but leafy greens especially play a huge role in supporting our overall health.
If you have a goal to lose weight, improve your health, beauty and vitality, there’s no way around it, you have to eat leafy greens, ideally every day.
That’s why I strongly recommend developing the habit of drinking a green smoothie every day. Especially, if you’re not fond of the taste of vegetables.
The fruit in green smoothies mask the taste of the leafy greens; so drinking green smoothies is an easy way to sneak in greens in your diet without actually tasting them.
Below are the top 10 leafy greens to include in your diet. I’ve chosen these 10 because they’re accessible, fairly cheap and most of them are available all year around.
Kale has earned itself a name as one of the trendiest superfoods and rightly so! It’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Not only is kale a beauty food, but it also contains powerful health benefits. It’s known to improve eye health, it detoxifies the liver and it’s proven to contain anti-cancer properties.
I think collard greens are totally underrated! They come with amazing health benefits and are so inexpensive. They are rich in nutrients and are great for aiding natural weight loss. They improve the appearance of hair, skin and nails and are full of fibre, which supports the digestive system.
The great thing about Spinach is it’s widely available and can pretty much be found in any major supermarket, farmers market and health food stores all year round. It’s high in fibre, which improves digestion function and high in antioxidants. It’s loaded with vitamin A and vitamin K, and the minerals magnesium and iron.
Swiss chard is one of my favourite leafy greens and I always make sure I get plenty of it when it’s in season. It’s rich in antioxidants, which slow down signs of ageing and high in calcium and vitamin K, which support bone health. It also contains significant amounts of biotin, which promote hair growth and thickness.
Lettuce seems like an average, basic type of leafy green but nevertheless, it’s packed full of nutrients. It’s a great source of fibre, vitamin A and vitamin B6 and (like all the other leafy greens) it’s low in calories, making it great for weight loss.
6. Turnip greens
Turnip greens contain high sources of antioxidants which slow down the ageing process and help fight against heart disease, cancer, arthritis and other chronic diseases.They contain high levels of vitamin k which help maintain strong bones and teeth.
7. Rapini (broccoli rabe)
Rapini has cancer-fighting properties and contain vitamin A, B, C and K and minerals calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc and even contains some omega 3 fatty acids.
Bok choy is also known as Chinese cabbage, although it doesn’t look like a typical cabbage. It’s a rich source of vitamin A, C and K and contains anti-inflammatory properties and loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants which boost the immune system.
9. Dandelion greens
Dandelion greens have powerful detoxifying and cleansing properties and are high in nutrients. They are bitter in taste, which indicates that they are a great detox food and help improve liver function. They reduce inflammation in the body and boosts up the immune system.
10. Mustard greens
Mustard greens are nutrient-dense and offer several health benefits. They are a good source of vitamin C and K and are high in fibre. Fibre plays a great role in aiding natural weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight, as well as keeping the digestive tract healthy.
I hope you incorporate these leafy greens in your diet so you can reap the amazing benefits they provide for your health and beauty.
Be sure to check out my green smoothie recipes and if you already eat leafy greens on a regular basis, let me know your favourites in the comment box!
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