The 7 Green Superfoods You Should Eat Everyday!
We hear it all the time...whether its from doctors, nutritionists, parents, or friends, everyone encourages us to eat more greens! Not all greens are made equally though, and its important to pick the ones that are going to give you the most "bang for your buck."
These 7 'superfood' greens are loaded with anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals and are the first spotlight for my superfood series! Whether you integrate one of them or all of them into your daily diet, one thing is clear, it is time to make room for superfood greens at your table!
Kiwis are the perfect little fruit to take on the go when you're having a busy day. Loaded with soluble and insoluble fibers, this little fruit will aid digestion and help keep you full all day long. A kiwi has double the vitamin C of an orange, and is high in potassium, vitamin E, and folate. You can slice it up and add it to a salad or put it on top of some yogurt!
Spinach has to be the ultimate leafy green (and my personal favorite). In fact, spinach has double the fibre content of any other green. It is rich in vitamin A and K and offers your body iron and folate. Spinach acts as a great source of antioxidants which supports heart health, fights cancer, and even keeps your eyes healthy. Raw spinach is a delicious base for salads, can be blended easily into smoothies, or can be cooked with egg scrambles or pasta!
3. BRUSSELS SPROUTS
Brussels sprouts are a small but mighty power house green. Loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, potassium, and cancer fighting phytochemicals, it is no wonder they have become so popular! This high fiber vegetable is also a great source of amino acids, and get a quarter of their calorie intake from protein. Brussels sprouts are amazing roasted with olive oil or left raw and chopped thinly into a salad or slaw!
My personal favorite green super food, the avocado, is packed with healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that fight cholesterol and keep you feeling full all day long. (And no-- fat is not something to be afraid of!) It is a great source of vitamin E and C, potassium, and lutein. You can blend an avocado in a smoothie, chop it up onto a salad, make a fresh guacamole, or even use it as a topping on toast.
If you have paid any attention to the health scene of the last couple years, you know that kale is a big deal. Kale is high in fiber, a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, and even heart healthy omega-3 acids. Kale also protects our eyes as it is filled with carotenoids that protect our eyes from harmful UV rays. You can eat your kale raw, blend it in a smoothie, juice it, or steam it with pasta or vegetables for a delicious dinner!
Broccoli is another cruciferous vegetable that that is rich with cancer fighting phytochemicals. Broccoli is high in fiber which keeps you satisfied and promotes weight maintenance. It is also a good source of vitamin A, C, and K making it the perfect well-rounded veggie! To add an extra boost, try eating broccoli sprouts on your salad and steaming broccoli for dinner!
7. GREEN TEA
Yes, you heard right, green tea is a superfood! Green tea is filled with cancer fighting anti-oxidants, supports heart health, aids digestion, and speeds up metabolism. Drink tea before meals to help avoid bloating, in the morning to give you a boost of caffeine, or try it iced on a warm summer day!
If you want to combine all of these elements together, look for a green superfood powder to add to your smoothies. It will give you all the benefits in one powder and it is super easy to add to your smoothie in the morning or after your workout!
Check back for the next superfood spotlight! oh.. and remember to eat your greens!