Simla Somturk

Delicious Health LLC - Founder & Principal Coach
Ft Collins, CO
http://www.enjoydelicioushealth.com

    Sneaky, Breezy Greens for Energy, Stress Control & Gorgeousness

    September 22, 2010

    Greens are often under-appreciated and sometimes even feared.

    If I had to guess, I would say it's the single most absent item in your diet.

    Sorry, lettuce doesn't count.

    As an entrepreneur, you can't afford to ignore your greens. Why?

    * In traditional asian medicine, greens are related to emotional stability, lifting of the spirit, and creativity.

    * They help you naturally detox the effects of living with daily stress, which can otherwise cause fatigue, depression, headaches, bad skin, faster aging, stubborn weight gain, and more unhealthy side effects.

    * Greens are very high in calcium (more absorbable than the calcium in dairy!), magnesium (a key mineral depleted quickly when stressed), iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc (very important for your immune system and also depleted easily by stress), and vitamins A, C, E, K (hello, Beautiful!).

    * Greens are chock-full of fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll, and many, many other nutrients.

    * Greens help you decongest. We're coming up on cold & flu season, so greens are handy to help prep your system more proactively.

    * They help purify the blood, support the liver, and prevent cancer.

    * They help your skin glow and stay supple.

    * Greens promote healthy plumbing and soothe your other nervous system (the bowels).

    * They give you a light, flexible, breezy type of energy.

    * They support liver, gall bladder, and kidney function ~ we need all these to be in great working order to avoid premature aging, chronic health issues, depression, and stubborn weight gain.

    Convinced?

    But you may say you still don't have time to think about eating greens.

    I would respectfully disagree.

    Greens are some of the easiest foods to prep and cook, taking 2-10 minutes max.

    Some tips on how to sneak in your greens:

    • Tear off a large fistful of parsley or cilantro, stems and all. Chop roughly and fold it into any of the following: grains; salads; soup; a wrap; a cup of full-fat plain yogurt along with some walnuts. Store the bunch wrapped tightly in the same produce bag you bought it in, and it will last at least a week.
    • Saute 1/2 a bunch of greens like kale or swiss chard per person in 1/2 TBS of olive oil or grapeseed oil in about 2-7 minutes and serve alongside eggs & sausage for breakfast.
    • Making an asian stirfry? Saute some bok choy in 2-3 TBS of water and add to the plate. Or just add it to the stirfry.
    • Feeling bloated or overdid the wine? Take a whole bunch of rainbow chard, saute with 1-2 large shallots in sesame oil and 2 TBS of sweet rice vinegar (mirin), sprinkle with sesame seeds, and enjoy a new type of comfort food.
    • If you simply can't get to the greens, buy a bottle of organic liquid chlorophyll and store it in your fridge. Put 1/2 - 1 TBS in a smoothie or in a swig of water and down it daily.
    Do you have a favorite green recipe? I invite you to share it.

    I hope you fall in love with your greens!
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