14 January 2011

facebook resolution: eat more greens

Out of curiosity, a few days ago I put a call out to my Facebook crowd about what their non-going-on-a-diet food resolutions were for the year. I had no intention of blogging about what they had to say, but over the next week or two I'll post some responses for their personal challenges and goals. First up will be a several-day-series about greens!

From Mecca:  "Eating more greens. I love broccoli but I should try and venture beyond my tiny trees." 
Broccoli is awesome! But there is a great wide, wonderful world of greens out there waiting to be loved by you. My personal favorites are all varieties of kale, swiss chard, lettuces, and seaweeds. High in calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, vitamins A, C, E, and K, not to mention all of the fiber, folic acid, and other micronutrients, dark leafy greens in particular are some of the most nutrient dense foods you can consume and you should work to include them at least once a day. They also act as blood purifiers, improve digestive function and circulation, clear congestion, fight depression, and strengthen your immune system.  

Incorporate Greens Everyday!
• Once home from the market, take 5-10 minutes to clean and chop your greens before putting them away this way you can have them ready to go whenever hunger strikes!
• For convenience and green-mergencies, keep some frozen greens on hand at all times-- spinach, broccoli, collards, and kale are pretty easy to find. 
• Every time you go grocery shopping, get a new kind of leafy green to experiment with. Have fun!
• Green juice! If you have a local juice shop, try out a green veggie juice-- I like a base of cucumber and apple with kale, spinach, and ginger or lemon. You'll miss out on the fiber, but the bright flavors are a great-pick-me up if you're feeling sick or trying to stay off the caffeine. Stay tuned for a Green Smoothie recipe you can make at home!
• Check out this site, Cook's Thesaurus, full of photos and basic info on greens (and lots of other food). 

Photos by Aja T. Marsh - Broccoli in the Stafford, Connecticut CSA Garden; Tuscan Kale and Red Swiss Chard at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm - Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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