Even as adults, we still sometimes avoid eating enough greens, or we don't know how much "enough" actually is. To get your daily dose of healthy carbohydrates, we recommend consuming 3 servings (1 serving = 1/2 cup appox.) a day. Here are some healthy green foods & their benefits:
Spinach is one of the most nutrient dense foods on Earth. One cup of fresh raw spinach is loaded with many daily key vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, folate, vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin C, and carries a decent amount of fiber and protein. Glycoglycerolipids are plant-based compounds found in spinach that can aid in protecting the digestive track from damage and inflammation. Spinach helps regulates blood pressure, has cancer fighting properties, helps to build strong bones, protects against heart disease, aids in vision, is a big boost to the immune system.
A leading super food, kale is packed with nutrients and amino acids. Kale is good for your bones, offering 24 mg of calcium per cup. It’s also rich in vitamin A, which keeps your skin healthy and may protect against some forms of cancer. Kale is a good source of vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant and could amp up your immune system to help your body fight off bugs. You can also get lots of vitamin K from kale, a nutrient essential for blood clotting.
3. Brussel Sprouts
There’s a reason your mother always encouraged you to eat your Brussels sprouts. These little veggies offer plenty of vitamins A and C. You can also get more than four grams of fiber per cup from them.
Although technically not a veggie, we still love it and it packs some major nutrients in addition to being a healthy source of fat. One avocado offers 690 mg of potassium (a medium sized banana only has 420), making it the perfect after-workout snack to help fight muscle cramps. It also helps decrease inflammation and improves cholesterol levels.