Know Your Greens
Be it in a smoothie, salad, or served as the main dish, getting in green, leafy vegetables can give your body some amazing benefits in both health and beauty. You'll notice a boost just by including a few servings a day to your meals. Here are some of our favorites.
Kale is the superior leafy green. Besides being one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, there are various cancer-fighting substances in kale. By providing your body with vitamin C, vitamin K, beta carotene, calcium, minerals, and antioxidants like quercetin (anti-inflammatory) and kaempferol (big antioxidants), the benefits of kale are endless. From cleansing your system to protecting your heart and lungs, kale is overall immunity-boosting.
Collard greens may be a Thanksgiving favorite, but they're the perfect ingredient for a healthy salad any time of the year. Collard greens are similar to kale in nutrients because they’re both cruciferous vegetables. Collard greens consists mostly of the same cleansing benefits and are full of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, minerals, and antioxidants. Slightly bitter, the leaves of collard greens are sturdy. Blending them with savory fruits like pineapples, mangos, or bananas is ideal.
Yup, you read that right! Romaine lettuce includes a substantial amount of calcium, vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin K, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. Besides being crisp and refreshing, romaine lettuce holds a high water content, which makes it a great green for ramping up hydration. Opting for romaine is a great choice for picky eaters (or drinkers) as they have a subtle flavor profile.
Already being the most popular smoothie green, spinach is the top tier choice for everyday consumption. Spinach is viewed as the “miracle green” that helps lower blood pressure, fights cancer, acts as an anti-inflammatory, improves vision and heart health, boosts immunity and energy, and supporting healthy, glowing skin. Full of potassium, protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins adding spinach to your fruitful smoothie can help lower the intake of sugar and raise fiber intake while tasting delicious!
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