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Best Green Leafy Vegetables

Today we will be covering what I deem to be the best green leafy vegetables to include in your diet. Vegetables that have a darker green color to their leaves are a sort of ‘salad superpower’ when it comes to your health. Unfortunately they are often overlooked and avoided especially by youngsters. So let’s dig a little deeper into the best green leafy vegetables and see if we can convince you to make a healthy diet change!

The Powerhousebest green leafy vegetables

As I mentioned above the best green leafy vegetables provide a superpower of goodness to your diet. These leafy delights offer vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients – all of which are vital to healthy living! Finding simple ways to introduce them into your recipes or meal plans will give your diet an effective boost.

It’s All About Nutrition!

The best green leafy vegetables provide more nutrition per calorie than any other food. These leafy wonders offer high levels of the following vitamins:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Various Vitamin B factors

But it does not just stop at vitamins! The best green leafy vegetables will also offer high levels of the following minerals:

  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Iron

They are a truly wonderful source of protein and they provide great levels of fiber to your system. The fat and calorie content of these foods is next to nothing so you are free to munch away to your heart’s content!

The USDA Food PyramidThe best green leafy vegetables available

And how many of you have checked out this pyramid system recently? Not many of you I bet! This pyramid chart advises that you should consume at least three good portions of these best green leafy vegetables weekly.

Now research shows that most of us are nowhere near hitting those levels of consumption. These days most people tend to stay away from salads a vegetables and only consume smaller portions at the side of the plate. You need to find something new and exciting to entice people into eating more of the best green leafy vegetables…….

Anyone up For a Smoothie?

This method was introduced to me about six months back and I absolutely love it! It even works a treat on my eight year old son ( mind you if he saw what I was putting in there he might take a different view! ).

By creating a smoothie out of the best green leafy vegetables you are putting a different idea into people’s minds – it’s kind of subliminal really! Nobody wants to sit down and tuck into a plate full of sparse and plain vegetable and salad ingredients. They may however, fancy trying out a new and interesting smoothie!

Below are a list of the best green leafy vegetables to construct your smoothie out of:

  • Baby SpinachDark leafy green leaves
  • A nice portion of Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Collard greens
  • Dandelion greens
  • Turnip greens
  • Bok Choy ( if it is available! )
  • Simple, cheap parsley
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Everyday Green and red leaf lettuce

I usually allow my son to eat some sweet fruit or chocolate when he drinks his smoothie ( not to much of each though! ). It’s really up to you how you consume the smoothie – it’s a bit of trial and error but I happen to think it goes with just about any meal you choose!

So there’s no excuse now! The best green leafy vegetables can be enjoyed at any time of the day ( or night ) with this healthy eating alternative!

 

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