SUPER GREENS – Greens get a bad rap. Spinach may have been introduced to you as a slimy, overcooked vegetable. If you’ve tried kale, your first impression may have been that it’s hard and chewy. So why are dark, leafy greens so super and why should you incorporate them into your diet??
10+ Reasons to incorporate greens into our diets
1: Provide folate to your body (lack of folate can equate to birth defects, blood diseases and possibly even cancers)
2. Burn fat (’nuff said!)
3. They’re anti-aging (A study carried out at Rush University medical center reported a significant decrease in the amount of cognitive decline for those participants consuming higher amounts of dark green leafy vegetables. )
4. Help your heart (ward off heart attacks)
5. Feed your telomeres (which fight biological aging.)
6. Fight diabetes
7. Feed your gut (we need those microbes to do their job)
8. Provide sun protection (The sun is good for us – greens are natural sun protection!)
9. Protect against toxins
10. Build enzymes (raw foods especially do this so our body can break down food and digest the nutrients)
11. A good source of calcium. Did you know that kale has 15% of the daily value in just one serving? And spinach has 10%. They’re both super-easy to add to a smoothie!
How will your incorporate greens into your diet today?
*TIP: To make kale more palatable, rub a tiny bit of olive oil & sea salt into it before you make your salad!
What you need:
1 bunch (about 6 oz) kale leaves
1 Tbsp. olive oil
How you do it:
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Remove kale leaves from stems. Tear leaves into bite-sized pieces. Discard stems.
3. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner or paper towel.
4. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper, if desired.
5. Combine leaves and oil in medium bowl; toss gently to blend.
6. Add desired flavoring combinations; mix well.
7. Arrange kale on prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
8. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until crisp.
9. Transfer onto a wire rack or paper towels; cool.