Why We Should Add Something Green to Every Meal

February 28th, 2021

Green vegetables

“Healthy eating” is a goal that many of us take on, especially in the beginning of the year. It’s often seen as a daunting, all or nothing goal that means we can no longer eat any of our favorite foods that are deemed “unhealthy”. But in reality, healthy eating doesn’t have to be so black and white. It is easy to make any meal a little healthier without sacrificing flavor or feeling deprived. The trick to doing this is to make sure there is something green in every meal we eat.

Here are some examples:

● Pasta- add wilted spinach or sauteed kale
● Burgers- have a salad or roasted veggies on the side
● Sandwiches- add spinach or avocado
● Soup- add any roasted veggie or stir in your favorite green
● Omelet- add spinach or veggie or top with avocado
● Pizza- have salad or roasted veggies on the side

Benefits of eating more greens:

● Better brain function- slower rates of cognitive decline
● Decreased stomach bloat- potassium in greens helps regulate the fluid balance in our bodies
● Healthier skin- greens contain beta-carotene which gives our skin a healthy glow
● Stress relief- greens have lots of folate which is helps our bodies produce dopamine and serotonin
● Stronger bones- the calcium in greens support good bone health
● Better inflammatory response- the antioxidants and polyphenols are disease fighting compounds found in leafy greens
● Regulate glucose levels- eating greens at every meal can help stabilize blood sugar levels
● Better gut health- greens feed your “good” bacteria in your gut, help your body fight off infections, and promote better digestion

Recommended greens to eat:

● Spinach
● Kale
● Brussel sprouts
● Broccoli
● Collard greens
● Cabbage
● Swiss chard
● Arugula
● Microgreens
● Okra
● Asparagus

Bottomline:

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Adding something green to every meal is an easy way to make any meal more nourishing and doesn’t take any additional time or effort. This month, make it a goal to pick one meal each day to add greens to.

Source: https://www.amymyersmd.com/article/benefits-greens/

By: Cassie Zehenny