Go green and enjoy a whole range of health benefits.
Green foods aren’t just there to pretty up your plate. They are a nutritional powerhouse of fibre, nutrients, vitamins and other good stuff that can really turbocharge your eating. Worried eating green means chomping down on mountains of soggy broccoli that remind you of old school dinners? Think again. Greens should be enjoyed raw or cooked lightly so they taste great and you get the maximum benefit from all that green goodness.
But just why are greens so good for you? Today, I take a closer look at our favourite greens and their health secrets, so that you can make better choices about your eating.
Greens are Low Calorie
The first thing to note about green vegetables and fruits, especially if you are looking to chase away a few pounds is that they are very low in calories. They offer a big nutritional bang for very little calorie buck. By piling a third of your plate with healthy green veg like broccoli, spinach or beans you can enjoy feeling full without consuming hollow calories.
Greens are High in Chlorophyll
Chlorophyll is a chemical that occurs naturally in plants and occurs in particularly high levels in green vegetables and fruits. It’s also very beneficial for our bodiew, acting as a detoxifying agent, increasing blood cell production and helping to oxygenate the blood. Chlorophyll can also help to support your overall health and keep you feeling energised.
Greens are Nutrient Dense
Green fruit and vegetables are packed with nutritional goodies to keep your body running at its best. Green foods are a fantastic source of magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium, alongside a whole host of vitamins, including B, C, E, and K. These nutrients are vital for keeping your performance and energy levels high.
Greens are a Great Source of Fibre
Fibre is important for your overall health and to keep your digestive system running smoothly. Green foods, especially peas, broccoli, brussels sprouts and avocado are all great, natural sources of dietary fibre and should be a regular part of your diet.
Greens can Help Lower Cholesterol
Some greens, especially dark leafy ones like kale and spinach are an invaluable source of omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are vital for a range of healthy body functions and can also help to lower cholesterol levels and protect your heart health.
Sold on greens? I hope so! Green fruit and vegetables are a key part of a balanced eating plan, and they taste great too! Next week, I will be providing some green eating inspiration by sharing my favourite green meals and snacks. In the meantime, keep being amazing. You can do anything you put your mind to. Go green and feel great!
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