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The Super-Food Powers of Leafy Greens

By on April 24, 2013
Green, Leafy Vegetables in Metal Colander

It’s not exactly a newsflash that vegetables are good for you; there is a reason our parents started forcing them on us from a very young age.

And while you may have protested and whined when you were little, it’s more than time for you to open your arms and embrace veggies, especially those leafy greens. They’re more than just rabbit food, they’re super foods that can boost your health and can help you feel through-the-roof good about yourself.

Leafy green vegetables are excellent sources of the vitamins we need. Lots of people take vitamin supplements to start their day, but why take a pill when you can stuff your face with delicious salads, steamed broccoli, spinach, and the millions of ways to prepare kale?

Let’s talk about kale for a moment.

If you’re interested in health and have the internet, then you have probably heard about all the glorious wonders of kale. Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Well let’s see:

Kale supplies your body with vitamin A, C, & K, it has a substantial amount of calcium, and you can get your potassium from it. I would say yes, yes it is. And there are tons of ways to eat it, too. You can steam it, munch on it raw, put it in salads, bake kale chips, add it to enchiladas – the list goes on and on.

And it doesn’t stop there.

Spinach is also something you should seriously be keeping in your house. Like kale, there is a bunch of ways to prepare it and it is so good for you. It’s low in calories and is a good source of vitamin A and C as well as folate, which can help prevent heart disease and lower the risk of cervical cancer in women. Take a leaf out of Popeye’s book and start stocking up on this delicious vegetable.

Another vegetable that packs a good punch of vitamins C and A as well as potassium and folate is broccoli.

These little “trees” are really good for you and they are only 20-30 calories per serving, which makes them great to snack on throughout the day. They’re good raw, steamed, or thrown in a stir-fry, adding a nice bit of crunch to any meal.

So, why is all this vitamin C and vitamin A good for you?

Vitamin C helps build collagen in your body, which is the basis for your bones, tissues, blood vessels and skin. It can also help reduce your risk of cancer as well as boost your immune system to keep your body healthy and happy.

Vitamin A is good for your bones, as well as your eyesight (carrots are packed full of it) and it can also give your immune system an extra boost.

Both of these vitamins are things that our bodies need on a regular basis in order to grow and stay healthy. So if you think you may not be getting enough, instead of reaching for supplements, try adding more greens to your diet.

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