There is so much information out there about how to eat for weight loss or for improving your health. It can be overwhelming. When I work with health coaching clients, I start with one simple idea: Instead of focusing on what not to eat, I tell them to add in more Good Stuff so that you begin to crowd out the Bad Stuff. The more healthy food you eat, the less room there is in your diet for unhealthy food.
So what’s the Good Stuff when it comes to food? My top pick is leafy green vegetables. Think spinach, kale, collards, Swiss chard, dark lettuces, parsley, etc.
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Most diets do not include enough greens—and in my opinion, you should aim to have greens with every meal. Learning to cook and eat greens is an essential and easy way to create good health. Greens help to develop healthy intestinal flora, strengthen the immune system, and boost your respiratory function. They are especially good for city dwellers who rarely see fields of green in open countryside. In Asian medicine, green is related to the liver, emotional stability, and creativity.
Nutritionally, greens are high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E, and K. They are packed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll, and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals.
Don’t worry—you don’t have to live on salads in order to eat enough greens! Here are five creative (and delicious!) ways to get your greens! And if you need more ideas, I recommend this book to my clients for information about and recipes using greens.
5 Easy Ways to Eat More Greens
- Add greens to your breakfast. Try eggs with greens, a side of greens, or add greens to your smoothie. Stay tuned for my favorite green smoothie recipe, coming to this blog soon!
- Include greens in your lunch and dinner, even if it’s just chopped parsley on top of your fish.
- Enjoy steamed greens as an easy side dish. For flavor, add a little sea salt, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, or balsamic vinegar.
- Add greens to your sandwich. One of my go-to favorites is Ezekiel bread with peanut butter or almond butter and fresh greens. It’s surprisingly delicious!
- When you eat out, always order a leafy green salad. This may mean ordering an extra plate, which adds to the bill (#eatinghealthyisexpensive). I comfort myself with the notion that health care is expensive, and by spending money on healthy food, and I am instead investing in my health!
Whenever possible, choose organic greens. Experiment with new, seasonal varieties from the farmers market or grocery store. At the end of the day, before your evening meal, take stock of how many greens you have had. If you’ve come up short, add more greens to your dinner. The simple resolution to eat more greens will boost your health in the new year, without asking you to give anything up!
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