Good and Healthy choicesin diet are very crucial in every stage of life, especially during pregnancy and breast feeding period. After concieving, it is really very important to think about pregnancy and diet and to take advice from health expert about what to eat and what to avoid. Well, one of the important food for healthy body are leafy greens and today we are going to have a look on benefits and goodness in these greens. Green leafy vegetables are plant leaves eaten as a vegetable, sometimes along with petioles and shoots. People have been eating Leafy Greens for thousands of years. Today, greens are considered one of the healthiest vegetables on planet and are inexpensive. Most commonly used Greens are spinach, mustard greens, microgreens, kale. Arugula, collard greens, romaine, iceberg lettuce and Boston etc.
FAT: Fat in leafy greens is very low and at the same time very high in fiber, Green leafy vegetables are really good for our blood as these are very rich in folic acid, Vit C,A and K, potassium, calcium and magnesium and a lot of phytochemicals like beta cryptoxanthin, lutein and beta-carotene, zeaxanthin.
FIBER: Fiber is amazingly beneficial for our body in preventing & treating constipation, hemorrhoids, and decreasing blood cholesterol levels, increasing satiety to help control weight.
FOLIC ACID(vitamin B9): Folic acid helps the body perform many essential functions and most important function is Red Blood Cell formation and prevention of anemia. It is very vital nutrient for people of all ages and gender, most importantly for Pregnant woman as it aids normal fetal development.
VITAMINS: Leafy greens are highly rich in Vitamin A,C and K. Vitamin A helps regulate the immune system and is essential for vision and bone growth, whereas, Vitamin C is very important for growth and repair of body tissues & collagen formation as well as for absorption of iron in body and blood cells, that is why in iron deficiency anemia, including Vit C in diet is also very important. It also has anti-oxidant properties i.e., key nutrient for a healthy heart and also for a beautiful glowing skin.
POTASSIUM: Potassium is the key element in facilitating normal nerve, muscle and organ function and counteracting sodium and protects against high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems.
MAGNESIUM: Magnesium is one of the key factor in the energy production process in our body as most of the cells needs magnesium to produce ATP ( ADENOSENE TRIPHOSPHATE).
CALCIUM: Most of us associate milk and dairy products as a source of Calcium, but do you know that leafy greens are also very rich in it so helping us keeping our bones and teeth strong.
PHYTOCHEMICAL: Phytochemicals present in Greens stimulate the immune system & slow the cancer cells growth rate.
WAYS OF ADDING LEAFY GREENS IN DAILY DIET:
Smoothies/Juices: By Adding some leafy greens into a smoothie/juice of your choice is also a healthy way of getting health benefits with these amazing leafy greens.
Cooked Food: Add parsley, spinach or any leafy green into and food you cook including pasta, curries and rice, pizza, pie and soup, wraps, tacos, tarts, stir-fry and sandwiches, or as a part of omelette in breakfast. but try not to overcook these greens because they are more beneficial raw form.
Salad: Add your favourite leafy greens into a bowl of salad along with other veggies and fruits or u can also add pasta or boiled egg along with mint, mustard, or lemon dressing to give it a delicious and mouth-watering taste.
Involve your Little ones in salad making and sandwich making by using leafy greens and tell them about health benefit of these greens and how these can benefit our heart and blood and body. Blelieve me, In this growing age, kids are always curious in knowing new facts and informations. In this way we can help them exploring their creativity in salad and sandwich making and at the same time they will learn about healthy eating as well.
Leafy Greens are one of the best health and beauty booster diet on earth. These are not only beneficial for our heart, immune system and bones but also play a key role in making our skin glow and its detoxifying and anti-aging effects will be noticeable just within few days, isn’t it an amazing gift of nature full of nutritional goodness. So, take leafy greens as a part of your daily food regimen if you want see a much more active, healthier and beautiful you…