Green Super Foods

When it comes to Green Super Foods, Mom was right!

Remember when you used to sneak your Brussels sprouts to the dog under the table? Well, Fido got the better part of the deal. Here’s why.

Green is good. Green foods are filled with nutrients that improve not only overall health but the health of your heart and immune system. Green foods also lower cholesterol, improve brain health, and improve emotional and mental health. Better health and improved mood? We all could use that!

There is an abundance of green all around you, but if you’re wondering how to choose green super foods, here’s a primer:

  1. Start with the produce section. Fresh is always better than processed. Whenever you can, eat green super foods raw. The majority of nutrients are unlocked that way.
  2. Frozen is next. Steam them to preserve as many nutrients as you can.
  3. Canned green super foods should be a last resort since processing removes much of the nutrients you’re looking for.
  4. Some folks also like to use a juicer. Even if some vegetables don’t taste good to you, you may enjoy them in a juice mixed with other vegetables you do like. The downside to juicing is that you don’t get as much fiber as eating the whole food.

Now, about that Super List of Super Green Foods

Green Super Foods

Drum roll please! Here is a lineup of green super foods you might know and already enjoy. Variety is the spice of life so change up every now and then to avoid food boredom.

Spinach

Enjoy cooked or eat the leaves in a green salad. Spinach is full of potassium, vitamin C, E, and A, as well as antioxidants such as beta-carotene. Folate, the substance that promotes neural growth in unborn babies, is found in spinach as well as other greens.

Green Tea

This drink is an Eastern delight that has found its way to the West. Instead of drinking soft drinks full of sugar and extra calories, try green tea plain or with a sugar substitute. Green tea contains the antioxidant EGCG that helps lower cancer risk and contains antiviral and antibiotic properties. Drink several cups each day and notice a difference in your skin almost immediately.

Edamame

This looks like little lima beans but are actually soybeans. Like other beans, they contain plant protein with very little bad fats. This lowers cholesterol, blood pressure and increases heart health. Eat soybeans in stir fry, in a salad, or as a snack.

Wheatgrass

This is best understood as wheat before it becomes grain. Wheatgrass in juice form is touted as a body cleanser which also increases immunity. Very high in protein like other greens, but wheatgrass is off the charts high in Vitamin E, believed to be one of your heart’s best friend.

You are what you eat. Treat your body to a Green and delicious Super Food today!



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