If you are trying to get well, lose weight, eat better, get off sugar, dealing with inflammation – greens NEED to be in your plan. Filled with a ton of nutrients and fiber, greens have special powers! They are the superheroes of the plant-world.
Greens are high in protein, yes Dorothy, vegetables have protein! They help with hunger, blood sugar issues, and sugar cravings. If you are dealing with incessant hunger, or find yourself needing to snack throughout the day, increase your greens and see what happens.
Greens have a bitter taste which helps with any kind of sugar cravings. We are not used to eating a ton of “bitter” flavors. The diet in our culture leans more towards sweet. But, since sweet begets sweet, we just get more cravings for sweets. Greens help balance that out.
Greens are filled with fiber. If you are a “slow mover” and you know what I mean, increase the level of greens you have in your daily intake. Ideally, you want to “move” 2-3 times a day. So many of us do not have this occur 1X a day. One of the biggest reasons is we do not eat enough fiber. This doesn’t mean you should eat more cereals with “added” fiber, or down some fiber supplements. Eat greens! The synergy between the fiber and the nutrients are what you are looking for.
• Eat them raw! The more you cook greens, the more you kill the nutrients.
• Eat them fresh. If you can get them freshly picked, go for it.
• Now is the time to get used to them. If you are not a greens eater, introduce them now, in the summer. Since they are more tender and sweeter now, you will hopefully like them more and be better able to tolerate them in the winter.
• Add them to just about any dish. Eating your food on a “bed of greens” is a great way to get in an extra serving or two.
• Blend them into your smoothies. Adding in a handful or two, or three of fresh greens to your smoothie willpower boost it! If you find it to be too bitter, try taking the “spine” out of the green before blending.
• Add them to the end of stews and soups. Don’t boil!
• Use them as a wrap instead of sandwich bread.
Go easy at first. I am about “always loving” my food, so if you don’t like it, try again. Try with less. But try it!
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