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Why you should have your greens everyday

Discover wich are the benefits of green eating with this super easy recipe!

I cannot stop eating kale lately, I really can’t help myself! I’ve been using this hearty, healthy green in almost every meal together with other seasonal green vegetables and I really love it! But that’s not a bad thing at all actually!

Kale, spinach and other leafy vegetables are a nutritional source and is beneficial to our health in many ways. One cup of kale, for example, has zero fat and only 36 calories and is high in vitamins and antioxidants. You can eat this green raw or cooked in salads, soups, stews, stir-fries, and smoothies as well! You can also juice it to make a super nutritious beverage. If you have a juicer try this one:

 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 cup packed kale / spinach
  • 1 big green apple
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 celery stalk
  • few mint leaves
  • a small piece of ginger

 

WHAT TO DO

Place all the ingredients in the juicer and enjoy it straight away. Don’t let time to pass by or the nutrients will start to deplenish due to the oxidizing process. This way you can get all the benefits of greens even if you want to avoid too much fiber in your intestines or you just dont like eating them.

 

But what are the benefits of greens and why it is so important including a big portion in our daily diet? 

1) Detoxification and Weight loss

The fiber and sulfur in green leaves aid with digestion and liver health lowering cholesterol. The Vitamin C it contains hydrates your body and increases your metabolism, leading to weight loss and healthy blood sugar levels.

2) Healty Hair, Nails, Skin, bones & augmented sight

Kale’s Vitamin A content helps keep the eyes from optical disorders that come with age. It also helps store vitamins in the retina. The calcium and vitamin K keep your bones strong. Kale’s concentration of major nutrients gives your skin’s health and appearance a boost.

3) Strengthen Your Immune System

Green leaves concentration of nutrients strengthens the immune system and fights viruses and bacteria. Kale has more iron than beef, making it a great source of this valuable mineral for vegans and vegetarians. It helps more oxygen get to your blood and greatly helps those who are anemic, specially if eaten with red beetroot, or even juiced if making a juice.

 

As you can see, dark green veggies are really abundant, specially for those who want to avoid meat or dairy products. It is said that kale, spinach or other greens may be helpful in fighting various cancers such as colon, prostate and ovarian if paired with a plant-based low-carbo diet for a right amount of time, allowing the body to detoxify and to create an alkaline environment which slows down the disease growth. 

What are you waiting for? Get out and get to the grocery store to get you broccoli & kale! 

CONTRIBUTOR

Jordy Poggi Author

Since I was young I approached to a plant-based diet for healty reasons, realizing soon that what we eat can really make a difference. Being aware of this, I started a personal research by attending nutrition courses, and being passionated about the art of cooking, i decided to move to London to work in the best raw vegan restaurants of the city. After a few years, I came back to Italy to raise awareness there by spreading healthy eating and lifestyle knowledge, organising and taking part in events and meetings.

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