I have to admit I’m not as good for eating my greens as I should be.
Having said that, I am getting a lot better though. I have found a broccoli recipe that I really enjoy, I fried up some tasty asparagus last night, I nearly always have peas with our carrots and I even sneak greens into our homemade soups.
Our commonly enjoyed protein packed salad for lunch is always well bulked up with spinach leaves.
However I do need to improve more.
Maybe it was the old Irish mammy way of boiling the shite out of the greens until they became a big soppy sponge that started my dislike for them.
Maybe it was being told if I ate up all my greens I would be big and strong and green like the Hulk. I hated the Hulk! I wanted to be Hulk Hogan! Now there was a real hero.
If I had being told I could rip of my vest like Hulk Hogan from eating my greens I have no doubt I would have looked for seconds!
I tried this motivation on my own kids but for some reason the girls aren’t as excited about turning into Hulk Hogan as I was. Something is seriously wrong with kids nowadays.
I even whipped out the laptop and went to a well respected medical website and showed them this
“Vegetables contain an array of antioxidants and other disease-fighting compounds that are very difficult to get anywhere else. Plant chemicals called phytochemicals can reduce inflammation and eliminate carcinogens, while others regulate the rate at which your cells reproduce, get rid of old cells and maintain DNA. Studies have repeatedly shown that people with higher vegetable intake have:
Lower risks of stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer's disease and heart disease
Lower risks of certain types of cancer, eye diseases and digestive problems
Reduced risk of kidney stones and bone loss
Higher scores on cognitive tests
Higher antioxidant levels
Lower biomarkers for oxidative stress
And they still weren’t impressed!
Looks like I just need to keep finding nice recipes for us and they will just have to trust me.
To try and keep greens as high as I can while I work on improving my dietary intake of green vegetables, I also supplement with a greens powder.
Obviously getting your greens from a whole natural food is the best option but for now this will supplement my diet.
It’s packed with Spirulina, Chlorella, Barley Grass and Wheat Grass all of which provide my body with important nutrients and help my body to detoxify itself.
Don’t worry about the latest detox diet. That’s why you have a liver! Just support your body and let it do what it needs to do.
So if you are missing out on the benefits of greens in your diet, and most of us are, maybe look at adding some sort of greens supplement to your diet initially.
My biggest concern would be helping you eat more whole food greens but if that is going to be a slower and longer process for you maybe look at adding a greens powder to start with.
Give your body what it needs and then start working on eating more greens to get the benefits in this manner.
Our end goal is a lot more vegetables with plenty of greens but if a greens supplement if your first step it’s not a bad place to start.
Just don’t let this first step be your last! Don’t just add the greens supplement and think that’s enough. We can’t supplement our way out of a bad diet.
Now, I’m off to find myself a yellow vest to rip off as I can feel last night’s asparagus kicking it!