Green leafy vegetables play an important role in keeping us healthy and preventing illness. However, only 25% of us eat 3 or more servings of vegetables every day.
Eating our greens has been shown to have many positive health benefits as they are packed full of nutrients, antioxidants, and fibre and are low in calories. Leafy greens are high in Vitamins A, C, E and K as well as calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus and potassium. By including more greens into our daily meals we are loading ourselves up with all the goodness that helps strengthen our health.
Some of the great reasons why you should eat your greens include:
- Heal the digestive tract
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve skin appearance
- Lower cholesterol
- Cardiovascular protection
- Boost bone health
- Enhance brain function and mood enhancement
- Maintain a strong immune function
- Help fuel the body
- Prevent cancer
If you struggle to get enough greens in your diet or have a child that claims a sudden allergy to anything green then don’t despair. There are plenty of easy ways to introduce greens or sneak them into their diet.
Green smoothies are an easy ‘go to’ snack or mini meal that can boost your intake of daily greens without the fuss of prepping a full meal when you’re short of time. Greens are also very child-friendly when blended up with other flavorful ingredients such as pineapple, bananas, coconut water or dates.
Nuzest Good Green stuff contains over 75 ingredients from carefully
selected fruits, vegetables and herbs – with added vitamins, minerals,
probiotics and antioxidants for optimal health – a great way to increase your
daily vegetable intake and get an added energy boost.
‘Greens energizer shake’
1 ripe banana
1-cup coconut water
1-cup chilled, filtered water
2 servings Good Green Stuff
Juice of half a lemon
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1-cup baby spinach
¼ cup ice
- Add the banana, lemon, ginger, spinach and liquid into a blender. Mix until smooth.
- Add in the Nuzest Good Green Stuff and ice and blend
- Serve into a tall glass and enjoy!
By Chrissy Denton
Nuzest Advocate Hong Kong