‘Make it balanced, make it colourful!’ is what a nutritionist might recommend to improve daily food habits. In addition to delicious whole foods you should get your fill of healthy greens with every meal.
Green vegetables are rich in vitamins A, C and K. They also contain an abundance of carotenoids: pigments that protect cells and act as a type of antioxidant. Not to mention other beneficial nutrients such as iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium. Furthermore, greens have very little carbohydrates or sodium and are low-cholesterol foods. The greener the leaf, the more nutritious it is going to be!
Check out below what else green leaves can do for your health:
Boost your weight loss
Going green is a good idea when the plan is to lose weight. Not only because green leaves and veggies are healthy, but because they’re also low in calories. Leafy greens and green veggies are loaded with a high fibre content that helps the digestion process, including improving gut permeability, immune balance and bowel movements.
Keep your memory in good shape
Green leaves such as spinach, watercress and arugula contain a powerful substance called lutein that is very important to our brain. It can help prevent cognitive decline that often occurs as we age. This conclusion came from a study conducted by the University of Illinois. In the study, which involved 60 adult participants aged 25 to 45, researchers found those who had more lutein running through the blood had neural responses comparable with those of younger subjects as opposed to people of the same age.
Take care of your heart
Among the green leaves team, kale is the champion of vitamin K, which plays a key role in blood coagulation; decreasing viscosity, reducing clots and the risk of a heart attack. The dietary fibre gleaned from greens also helps to regulate cholesterol and triglyceride levels in a positive way.
Improve your muscle strength
The high levels of potassium found in spinach contribute to muscular health and can help you avoid cramps, which can be common during highly intensive training. Consumption of potassium is also an important auxiliary to keep healthy blood pressure and sugar levels.
To reap the most benefits from leaves and vegetables, in general, they are best eaten raw, as cooking can affect the amounts and availability of nutrients. That is why, besides salads, a good and highly nutritious shot of greens can be found in True Greens powder, making daily consumption easier, especially in a delicious smoothie. Quick, nutritious and easy to digest (as it is loaded with fibre), the high level of nutrients will help to boost your energy and keep you powering through the day.
Greens are the most alkalising of all foods. To increase the alkaline levels in your smoothie, simply cut back on sweet fruit or go for fruits that are low in acids such as green apple or pear.
Just one scoop of True Greens powder contains barley, wheat, alfalfa, oat and spelt – all core ingredients that can help give a boost to a busy day.
The combination of ingredients are limited only by your imagination. Whether it’s improving your skin, boosting your immunity system, or getting that daily dose of antioxidants; there is a smoothie just for you!
Green Goodness Smoothie
This creamy goodness of leafy greens, sweet fruit and mint will boost your body with amazing nutrients, leaving you feeling refreshed and full of energy. Your health and taste buds will thank you!
½ frozen banana
Juice from ½ lime
1 handful of spinach
1 stem of fresh mint
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 date, pitted
1 scoop True Greens powder
1. Blend everything together until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!
Tip: Try adding 1 scoop of True Protein WPI 90 French Vanilla to your green smoothie for a perfect post-workout boost.