Dark leafy greens, and any deep green colored plant foods are some of the most concentrated source of nutrients I can think of.
They provide a rich source of chlorophyll, minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, many of the B vitamins including folates (folic acid), as well as a variety of phytonutrients.
Did you know that dark green leaves even contain small amounts of Omega 3 fats?
The USDA recommends three cups of dark green vegetables (including leafy greens) per week. I try to eat more than that, at least one serving a day, either raw or cooked, whenever possible!
But some people simply do not have a taste for greens.
Making the transition away from a diet of processed, pre-packaged convenience foods, drive-thru's, deli and restaurant meals, and figuring out how to eat all these fresh veggies and greens can be daunting.
That's when a good supplement is a good idea.
Thankfully, for those who don't care for the taste of dark green leaves, and for anyone who is short on time now and then (myself included), there are a variety of green supplements to help you get your daily dose.
For instance, you can get greens supplements like Chlorella or Spirulina, both are incredibly rich in nutrients and chlorophyll.
More on Spirulina
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Other supplements combine a variety of greens into one product, often named something like "super greens" or "mega greens".
Some of these supplements are made purely from one type of greens, such as powdered greens like barley grass or wheatgrass.
Then there's liquid chlorophyll, usually made from alfalfa, which is great to have around! It comes in a refreshing mint flavor, just mix it into a glass of water and sip it down. Great for treating bad breath, not only because of the mint, but because of the cleansing qualities of the chlorophyll.
If you're not a lover of eating greens, check out green supplements. You can start by reviewing the rest of the pages about greens here, research a little to find one that works for you, and take every it day.
You will feel good, as your body begins to absorb these vital nutrients, even using a high quality powdered form of greens. There's plenty to choose from!
Of course, I will always do my best to make dark leafy greens palatable to even the most discerning customer, but until everyone can enjoy preparing greens for themselves, I'm glad we have the option of taking high quality green supplements.
Eat more greens, one way or another.
Celery and romaine lettuce are a good start, they're green right? Sure, and they're excellent foods. But let's expand our greens menu to include more of those dark leafys...
Your body will thank you.
Eat more greens!
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