Leafy Greens - Not Just For Salads!

We all know that eating fresh, leafy greens is good for us. We know that they play a key role in optimal health, benefiting multiple organ systems. While the science on this is abundant, let's just focus on the yumminess of leafy greens today. Let's focus on real recipes we can begin enjoying immediately.

Note: If you want the science, there a few pretty good docs you could google to learn about the amazing powers of leafy greens. Doctors like Esselstyn, Greger, Campbell, McDougall and Barnard would be excellent choices to begin your search. Be prepared to be amazed at what you learn!

Now to the recipes! When we think of 'eating our greens' we often default to the idea of a salad - greens, fresh veggies maybe a bit of fruit or berries or nuts and bit of balsamic. Just an example. But not everyone is a fan of the salad, let's be honest.

Sure, salads can be delicious and refreshing and nutritious, no doubt. But if someone is trying to get four to six cups of fresh leafy greens into their daily diet - yup, 4 to 6 cups! - well, that is a lot of salad each day. So let's mix it up a bit and explore a few new ideas about how we can get our daily greens.

Green Smoothies

This is a quick and easy way to drink your greens! While all smoothies are yummy, Green Smoothies are powerhouses for heart, liver and digestive health. Green Smoothies are at least 50% leafy greens and contain less fruit than the more traditional smoothie.

Below are three examples of Green Smoothies to help get you started and click here for even more Green Smoothie recipes!

Kale Berry Booster

  • 2 C Kale

  • 1/3 C Blueberry or Blackberry

  • 1/3 C Cranberry or Raspberry

  • 1 inch Ginger Root (fresh)

  • ½ inch Turmeric Root (fresh)

  • 1 TBSP Flaxseed (freshly ground)

  • Water

Sweet and Spicy Spinach

  • 2 C Spinach

  • ½ C Apple

  • ½ C Broccoli

  • 1 inch Ginger Root (fresh)

  • ½ inch Turmeric Root (fresh)

  • 1 TBSP Flaxseed (freshly ground)

  • Water

Tangy Island Refresher

  • 1 C Spinach

  • ½ C Cilantro (fresh)

  • ½ C Parsley (fresh)

  • ½ C Pomegranate Seed

  • ½ Avocado

  • 2 inches