Add In Leafy Greens!
Blog by Leah Cullis, 500 hour Certified Baptiste Teacher and Health & Wellness Coach
I often get asked what I recommend people should eat that is both easy and can give them more energy. My answer, GREENS!
Adding leafy greens to your daily diet is a quick, easy way to pack in more nutrients, energy and nourishment. Sadly, leafy green vegetables are the most commonly missing food in modern diets. And happily, it’s super easy to put more green on your plate.
Incorporating dark leafy greens into your diet is essential to establishing a healthy body and immune system. Greens strengthen your blood and respiratory systems, and promote healthy intestinal environment. Greens provide vital nutrients, minerals and anti-cancer properties. Nutritionally, greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, vitamins A, C, E and K, and antioxidants that keep you from getting sick. They are loaded with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and much more!
Leafy green vegetables are also high-alkaline foods. Alkaline minerals in our bodies neutralize acidic conditions, filter out pollutants and promote an environment for optimum health.
When you start to nourish your body with more leafy greens, you will likely begin to naturally crowd out foods that are less serving to your body, zap your vital energy or make you sick. When you eat more greens you will start to feel better! It starts with food, but really it’s about living.
There are such a wide variety of greens available year round, so explore your options and see what you enjoy most. Common options include kale, collards, spinach, chard, mustard greens, arugula, Napa cabbages and many more! Find the greens you like and then start to add them in to your favorite recipes. Don’t take anything out, just add in the greens.
I took a recipe from the 40 Days Nutrition Challenge Meal Plan and added 3 types of greens to pack for of a nutritional punch. Here’s my twist on the turkey roll-ups:
- Slices of deli turkey
- 1/2 avocado, sliced
- Handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
- 3 butter lettuce leaves
- 1/2 cup of finely chopped spinach
- Cilantro, finely chopped
- Lay the turkey slices flat on top of the butter lettuce
- Add the avocado, tomatoes, spinach and cilantro
- Roll the lettuce and turkey around the other items
Leah Cullis is a 500 hour Certified Baptiste Teacher and a Health & Wellness Coach. As a yoga teacher and holistic health coach Leah practices and shares what’s been shared with her and how she’s applied her studies of yoga and wellness in her life. Leah works with groups and individuals to create custom yoga and wellness programs. Leah's mission is to help people integrate the practices and principles of yoga and wellness into their daily lives for more power, ease and joy.
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