Green vegetables are packed with important and powerful nutrients that are critical for good health.
Here are 5 reasons why you should be eating more greens. We are talking spinach, leeks, watercress, kale, broccoli, beans, asparagus and peas to name a few!
1. Iron – these vegetables are a great source of plant-based iron, which is vital for transporting oxygen around the body. Optimise the amount of iron your body can absorb and utilise by adding a source of vitamin C. E.g. squeeze lemon juice on your cooked greens.
2. Vitamin K – this is a nutrient, which is not spoken about very much. Essentially vitamin K is vital for blood clotting and regulating calcium levels to support bone health.
3. Folate – is vital (particularly in pregnant women or those looking to conceive). It plays a role in protecting against neural tube defects e.g. spina bifida and in the production of RNA and DNA.
4. Fibre – I’ve said it before, but fibre is absolutely vital for supporting your gut health, which we now know is linked to mental wellbeing, weight management, skin health, energy and so much more. Supporting your gut is vital to help optimise nutrient absorption so try and ensure you’re getting your 30g.day.
5. Calcium – green veg are a source of plant-based calcium (as are tofu, nuts, seeds and fortified milks). Calcium is vital for maintaining healthy bones and teeth as well as supporting muscle and nerve function.
The Bottom Line:
To reap the many impressive health benefits of greens, make sure to include a variety of these vegetables in your diet.
Fortunately, they can be found all year round, and can easily be incorporated into your meals.
Add them to soups, smoothies, salads, juices, sauces, sides or simply roast them.