Get Your Greens On!

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Lauryn

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

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Get your greens on!

You know greens are good for you.

Your mom told you to eat your broccoli.

Popeye sold you spinach.

And green smoothies are the next big thing since sliced bread (or bone broth).

BUT…What the heck does eating “more green veggies” really mean?

And why are greens so “good in the first place?”

Here’s why you should really “get your greens on” (plus 12 amazing ways to do it)

EAT MORE GREENS

The reason WHY we should eat more greens isn’t just “because they are good for you,” but because they provide your body with a nutrient-profile incomparable to many other foods.

Greens—especially dark, rich leafy greens— are the BIGGEST powerhouses when it comes to nutrients, fiber, digestion  and energy of arguably any other veggie.

When you hear the advice to “eat more greens,” generally, that phrase means “leaves.” So things like:

  • Kale
  • Chard
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard
  • Collards
  • Parsley
  • Spinach
  • Beet greens
  • Sweet potato leaves
  • Arugula
  • Baby greens
  • Endive

Leafy greens are oaded with Vitamins A, C, K, D, E, antioxidants (that fight free radicals) and minerals like Iron, Calcium, Folate and Magnesium.

These leaves put water-based veggies—like cucumbers and celery, FODMAPs like broccoli and Brussels Sprouts, and starches like potatoes and squashes to shame (in terms of nutrient density).

In addition, leafy greens are one of the most easily-digested foods for the body—and help us digest our other foods too (for instance: fiber helps carry the proteins we eat for instance through the digestive tract).

That said, GREEN VEGGIES of all kinds still do a body good. 

(No need to write off broccoli!). 

Green veggies are generally lower in sugar and also contain fiber to assist in digestion.

Some other sources of green veggies (aside from leafy greens) include:

  • Zucchini Squash
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Artichokes
  • Leeks
  • Fennel
  • Green Beans
  • Green Bell Pepper

HOW DO I MAKE THEM?

Just like there is more than one way to “do a squat” (back squat, front squat, overhead squat, goblet squat, etc.), there’s more than one way to prepare veggies.

While some vegetables might be more nutritious raw, and it’s great to vary your veggies in both raw and cooked forms, from a digestive standpoint, most vegetables do better when cooked.

Cooking helps break down tough fibers to ease the load on your digestion and make the nutrients more bio-available to your cells.

Couple cooked veggies with a little bit of healthy fat, like olive oil, ghee, butter, coconut butter, coconut oil, avocado or avocado oil, and the fat helps the nutrients in veggies get better absorbed.

Win. Win.

GET YOUR GREENS ON

Only 1 in 10 Americans eats the recommended dose of veggies each day.

Are you one of them?

No more with these 15 delicious (easy peasy) ways to get your greens on.

15 Tasty Ways to Get Your Greens On (other than salad)

  • Garlicky, Buttery Spinach
  • Cucumber Sammys
  • Sweet Potato Basil Soup
  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts
  • Pan-fried Collard Greens
  • Lemon Roasted Asparagus
  • Zucchini Pasta
  • Broccoli Slaw
  • Zucchini Fritters
  • Zesty Kale Chips
  • Cheesy Greens
  • Green Monster Smoothie 
  • Coconutty Rainbow Chard
  • “Unwich” (Lettuce Wrap Turkey “Sandwich)
  • Green Bean Casserole

 

 

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