By: Liz Greenlaw
A healthy eating pattern includes at least 3 cups of vegetables per day. Many of us struggle to meet this quota, especially during those months of the year when there is less fresh produce available. Thankfully, as we transition into the warmer months of Spring season, we are met with a fresh wave of beautiful produce to choose from – so now is the perfect time to revitalize your healthy eating and cook with these seasonal vegetables!
I’m often asked which greens pack the most nutrition into each bite, so here is a list of my top choices:
- Kale, for its anti-inflammatory and detoxification effects.
- Alfalfa sprouts, which are versatile and rich in potassium, which supports healthy blood pressure levels.
- Spinach, since it is high in Vitamin K, which is necessary for good bone health. Spinach also helps to increase red blood cell production in the body.
- Avocado is a great source of heart-healthy fatty acids, and it adds a level of satiation to any meal.
- Swiss chard often gets overshadowed by greens such as kale, but chard is rich in Vitamin A and has a distinct feature: its broad leaves can be used as a substitute for bread and other high-carb options if you’re trying to make a sandwich “wrap” gluten-free.
- Celery and cucumbers, which both have very high water content, so they keep you hydrated and feeling full on fewer calories!
One of the best ways to bring vitality to your body is by choosing to eat green leafy veggies as often as possible. Try this simple salad recipe for an easy way to get in your daily serving and detoxify your body- It’s rich in nourishing greens and cleansing ingredients that your body will love!
*RECIPE: EASY GREENS for DETOX*
• Large bowl of any mixed leafy greens of your choice (Arugula is a great choice if you prefer bitter greens)
• Sliced Cucumber
• ½ sliced Avocado
• Fresh Cilantro and Parsley for herbs’ detoxifying effects (optional: top with chopped seaweed
• Dressing: Easy mix of extra virgin olive oil and Bragg’s raw apple cider vinegar
Want even more veggie options? Here is a fantastic tool that shows you what vegetables are in season near you, along with some delicious recipes and tips on how to prepare them on your plate! http:www.sustainabletable.org/seasonalfoodguide/