Leafy green vegetables are an absolute must – a valuable addition to your diet, they also offer numerous health benefits.
Rich in vitamins, minerals and disease fighting phytochemicals, green leafy vegetables are full of fibre, an important nutrient for weight-loss and maintenance as it keeps you full for longer and manages hunger. Some leafy green vegetables including kale are rich in calcium – particularly good for teeth health and lowers your risk of osteoporosis.
Antioxidants like Vitamin C contained in green leafy vegetables reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Vitamin C itself also helps the body make collagen, an important component of cartilage that assists in joint flexibility, reduces your risk of arthritis as well as keeping skin healthy.
All green leafy vegetables are an excellent folate source – important for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and loss of memory. Folate is also known for its production of serotonin so helps prevent depression and elevates your mood.
When it comes to choosing green leafy vegetables, look for crisp leaves, colour and smell. Ideally you want to hear a slight snap when you crack the stems – as for colour, always go for the darkest possible. In terms of smell, seek out freshly-scented green-smelling leaves!
Not only can you use green leafy vegetables to create hearty meals you can use them in smoothies to kick-start your day…so give green leafy vegetables the green light, your body will thank you for it!
Did you know that healthy living and weight loss are based predominantly on what you’re putting on your plate? Stocking up on green leafy vegetables are also a great way to ensure you’re adhering to the golden ratio to good health – 70% nutrition and 30% exercise.
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