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Get Your Greens – While They’re Fresh

Get your green on ladies and gentleman, while it’s still easy and fresh! Many cities are so lucky to have an abundance of local markets and veg stalls to supply us with fresh delicious produce. Summer and Autumn are the times of year to get your leafy greens in abundance with heaps of varieties to choose from!

Green leafy vegetables are the most nutrient dense and alkalizing foods we can eat. They help to supply our bodies with much needed nutrients while helping to neutralize the acidic environment created when we eat foods like meats, sugars, deep fried foods, refined carbohydrates (white flours and sugars), and coffee. When our bodies become acidic our natural defenses are weakened and we are more susceptible to disease. In order to help protect ourselves again illness and disease we need to eat a diet high in alkalizing foods like our friends the leafy greens!

Here are some examples of our beloved greens:

  • Kale
  • Chard (Swiss and rainbow varieties)
  • Spinach
  • Collard greens
  • Beet greens
  • Bok choy
  • Dandelion greens
  • Mache
  • Arugula
  • Nettles
  • Watercress
  • Romaine lettuce

There are many different ways to get your greens as well. You can throw leafy greens in smoothies, fresh juices, salads, stir fry, soups, etc. You can use them instead of wheat wraps and roll them with your favorite fillings! Leafy greens like kale, collards, arugula, and spinach can also be blended into dips and sauces like pesto (see below)! There are so many options, you just have to get your creative juices flowing, have them on hand, and use them as often as you can.

To give you an idea of how healthy leafy greens really are, here’s a list of the common nutrients found in leafy green vegetables:

  • Vitamins A, C, E, K
  • Vitamin B complex
  • Folic acid
  • Magnesium
  • Calcium (highly absorbable !)
  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Zinc
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Selenium

Here’s a recipe to get you going!

About The Author

Stephanie Ablett, CNP

Certified Holistic Nutritionist & Vegan Food Enthusiast

Stephanie Ablett is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, earning her designation at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto, Canada.

Stephanie is dedicated to helping her clients reach their health and lifestyle goals with education and inspiration. She believes we all have the power within us to heal ourselves and that we just need to be inspired and educated in how to do it!

Stephanie loves to focus on plant based nutrition and uses her knowledge in nutrition, herbal medicine, motivation, and other modalities to help others regain their health and reclaim their life!

For more information on Stephanie, visit NaturalGinger.ca