Health Benefits of Leafy Greens

4 Jun

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Eating leafy greens regularly is really beneficial to improve your overall health. These types of vegetables have fiber, vitamins, minerals and plant based substances that may help protect you against diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease. They will also help you maintain healthy hair, skin, teeth and bones!

Here are 4 of our favorite leafy greens!

Kale

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Kale is an excellent source of vitamin A, which improves immunity and is good for your bones and teeth. Kale also has Vitamin K which helps prevent blood clotting and is an antioxidant. It also has a good amount of vitamin C, calcium, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and supplies folate, which helps fetal development, increases the production of red blood cells, helps fight depression and is good for the heart. Kale also has potassium, which has a number of benefits including lowering blood pressure and improving brain function. Kale is a high quality carb and is very low in calories which means it is a good addition to weight loss plans. Basically kale should be on everyone’s grocery list!

Spinach

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You’ve seen what spinach did for Popeye right?? That should be reason enough to eat it – but in case it’s not, here are a few others. Spinach is extremely nutrient dense. It is a good source of antioxidants like vitamin C, beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, which is great for eye sight. It also contains a high amount of potassium and vitamin K.  Need more iron in your diet? Have no fear, spinach has iron as well!

Swiss Chard

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Swiss chard is a good source of antioxidants, vitamins A, C & E .Vitamin A is an antioxidant, Vitamin C helps improve immunity, and vitamin E is good for the health of both the skin and hair. Beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin are also found in swiss chard. It also contains minerals such as potassium and magnesium. Magnesium is good for bone health and helps prevent cardiovascular disease.

Collard Greens

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This leafy vegetable is similar in nutrition to kale but collards however have a chewier texture. They are a good source of beta-carotene and vitamin K. They also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which benefit both vision and your eyes.

These greens are all super nutritious and can be used in so many different ways. For example you can use kale and spinach in salads, you can bake kale to make chips, you can stuff a chicken breast with spinach and bake it and you can use swiss chard and collard as a wrap instead of a tortilla or bread. We highly recommend that if leafy greens are not part of your regular eating plan, you incorporate them!

S & L

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