Good Morning and Happy Sunday!
I hope you are enjoying this beautiful sunny SPRING weather. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and the yards are green.
All of this beautiful weather has reminded me of the good stuff, Greens! Glorious Greens.
Leafy greens are some of the easiest and most beneficial vegetables to incorporate into your daily routine. Densely packed with energy and nutrients, they grow upward to the sky, absorbing the sun’s light while producing oxygen.
Members of this royal green family include:
HEALTH BENEFITS of GREENS
They are very high in:
They are a powerhouse for vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed full of fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Their color is associated with spring, which is a time to renew and refresh vital energy. In traditional Asian medicine, the color green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity. Greens aid in purifying the blood, strengthening the immune system, improving liver, gall bladder and kidney function, fighting depression, clearing congestion, improving circulation and keeping your skin clear and blemish free.
Leafy greens are the vegetables most missing from the American diet, and many of us never learned how to prepare them. Start with the very simple recipe below. Then each time you go to the market, pick up a new green to try. Soon you’ll find your favorite greens and wonder how you ever lived without them.
Simple Sauteed Greens with Garlic
- 2 large bunches greens (whatever you prefer)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- Few pinches red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste
Rinse greens well. Cut leaves away from stems and discard stems. Coarsely chop.
Heat a large skillet over high heat. Cook garlic and pepper flakes in oil briefly, then add greens, a few handfuls at a time, stirring in between.
Stir in apple cider vinegar and salt. Cover. Cook until just tender, 2-10 minutes, depending on the type of greens and to your liking.
Have fun and experiment with all the different kinds of greens. My favorite lately is Rainbow Chard!
In Health and Happiness,