We all know that green fruit and vegetables are important and should be part of your daily nutrition, they contain essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function, survive and be healthy. But are you eating them enough? or eating them at all? In this blog i’m going to offer you some advice on how to eat more greens, some types of greens and their benefits and a mini questionnaire to see if you’re actually eating enough green fruit and vegetables.
So how do you get more greens into your nutrition? Firstly ask yourself which greens have I tried? Which ones do I like? and Which ones haven’t I tried? Then you can start to incorporate the greens you like into your daily eating habits and try some greens that you haven’t tried before. Two other ways you can get more greens into your diet is by juicing and by eating greens at every main meal. Juicing has become very popular over the last couple of years, its quick, effective and you can drink your favorite greens together even on the go! An example of eating greens at every main meal could be as follows:
Breakfast: eggs and wilted spinach
Lunch: Salad – Lettuce, cucumber, avocado, spinach, rocket
Dinner: Meat/Fish with green vegetables: Asparagus, broccoli, kale, peas, green beans.
On a daily basis you should be looking to consume 5-10 portions of green fruit and vegetables. Below are a few examples of some types of greens and their benefits, some you may of heard of some you may not.
Spinach: Rich in Vitamins A,C & K, Magnesium and Iron
Kale: Rich in Beta-Carotine (a cancer combating organic compound), vitamins C&K and calcium
Broccoli: Rich in vitamin C, dietary fiber and anti-cancer properties.
Bok/Pak Choi: Rich in Vitamins A & C
Asparagus: Rich in protein, dietary fiber, vitamins C, E & K, potassium and iron
Kiwi Fruit: Rich in Vitamins C&K
Avocado: Rich in vitamins B&K
Lime: Rich in vitamin C
There are 100’s more green fruits and vegetables so keep it varied and try as many as you can.
Greens Questionnaire, Are You Green Enough?:
1. How many portions of green fruits/vegetables do you consume on a daily basis?
2. Are you eating greens at every main meal?
3. Do you often get colds/illness?
If the answer to question one is less than 5 you need to up your green game, if the answer to question 2 is NO you need to up your green game, if the answer to question 3 is YES you need to up your green game!
So… ARE YOU GREEN ENOUGH???????????????????