Updated: Nov 8, 2021
Eat something green everyday! Simple health habits such as eating something green everyday, taking targeted supplements for health concerns, moving the body, drinking enough water and taking care of the mind and soul, provides a lot of health benefits.
Eating something green every day gives our bodies vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to keep our bodies strong and provide a boost for immune system.
While eating clean organic green foods are the best way to get the benefits of chlorophyll, it can be hard to eat something green every day. After all, life happens! Taking a chlorophyll supplement can support your health habits when life gets in the way.
Working with a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Master Certified Health Coach, such as myself, takes the guesswork out of learning how to live a healthy lifestyle.
The health benefits of eating green foods every day are almost endless! Cancer protection, strengthens the immune system, heals our gut, helps us lose weight and protects against heart disease are just a few of the many health benefits we gain by eating something green every day.
Recipes using green foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner are included!
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WHY EAT SOMETHING GREEN EVERYDAY?
The very simple concept of eating something green everyday helps us achieve optimal health. Why? Chlorophyll. In any green food, such as kiwi, spinach, broccoli or matcha tea, chlorophyll is abundant. Chlorophyll is rich in nutrients and is studied for blood-building properties, potential cancer fighting properties and helps clear up skin conditions. (Source: Medical News Today)
Chlorophyll is a good source of Vitamin A, C, E, K and beta-carotene. It is also rich in antioxidants, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and essential fatty acids. (Source: Organic Facts) In addition to the nutrients Chlorophyll provides to the body, it also provides energy.
How? By stimulating Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) production in the body. Our bodies produce CoQ10 naturally but as we get older, production slows. What is COQ10 used for? Chlorophyll transfers electrons into CoQ10 which means it accelerates energy production in the body. Not only are you getting key nutrients from chlorophyll, you also feel more energetic. (Source: University Health News)
Green leafy vegetables also provide quercetin to our body. What is quercetin? MindBodyGreen states that quercetin acts as an antioxidant in your body and scavenges for free radicals. What does quercetin do? Research has connected quercetin to allergy-relief and some pretty serious immune support. Part of the reason quercetin supports your immune system is because it acts as a prebiotic, feeding the good bugs in your gut.
The best way to get energized with COQ10 production and support the immune system with quercetin is to eat organic foods. Organic foods were grown without chemicals and pesticides so it is the best way to get higher nutrients from food. Plus, they taste so much better. If you don't believe me, do your own taste test. Even my husband agrees that organic food tastes better.
SHOULD I TAKE A CHLOROPHYLL SUPPLEMENT?
While you benefit from eating something green everyday, it is hard to get all the nutrients you need from food alone. Even when eating organic, vitamins and supplements are necessary.
If you are going to take a chlorophyll supplement, most are made from green algae. Dr. Axe notes that natural chlorophyll is not shelf-stable and degrades rather quickly. Most supplements contain cholorphyllin.
You can take 100 mg - 300 mg daily with almost no side effects. Working with a Holistic Nutritionist, such as myself, can help you determine the right dose. If you like smoothies, there are products you can add into a smoothie to give it that chlorophyll boost. I use Kyo-Green Powdered Drink Mix, which contains Barley Grass, Wheat Grass & Chlorella.
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HEALTH BENEFITS OF GREEN FOODS
While I believe in the power of taking supplements, a girl has to eat! My goal is to eat something green everyday by adding spinach, arugula, green beans, broccoli, avocado and matcha tea to meals or drinks. To keep things interesting, I don't focus on just one meal to add something green. I look at my schedule for the week and plan for eating green foods.
When I try a new recipe, if there isn't something green in it, I add something green to it. Organic frozen chopped spinach is my go to vegetable when I add something green to a recipe. It takes on the flavors of the meal and is hardly noticeable. Yes, it can be that simple!
Here are health benefits of some green foods:
Spinach is a powerhouse superfood! It is so amazing, I wrote a blog post about it called The Truth About My Obsession With Spinach. Click here to read it. Spinach regulates blood pressure, has cancer fighting properties, helps to build strong bones, protects against heart disease, aids in vision and is a big boost to the immune system. (Source: One Green Planet) No wonder I am obsessed with spinach!
Kale is a great vegetable to incorporate into your daily routine. It contains powerful antioxidants such as vitamin C, quercetin and kaempferol. Vitamin C is one of the most underutilized vitamins! It is great for immune system support, helps protect your memory and lowers your risk of heart disease. (Source: Healthline)
Cucumbers are often tossed into water because of their flavor and hydration effects. But did you know cucumbers can help keep you regular? If you aren't having a bowel movement every day, you need more fiber and water in your routine. Cucumbers are full of water! That helps our digestive tract keep things moving. (Source: WebMd)
Avocados are one fruit everyone should eat every week. I eat one avocado a week. They contain healthy fats and fiber, which means they help you stay fuller longer. Avocados also help decrease the risk of depression due to the high amounts of Folate. Folate helps prevent the build-up of homocysteine. Too much homocysteine in the body means we can't produce enough of our happy hormone, serotonin. (Source: Medical News Today) Avocado toast has a whole new priority!
Green tea counts as a green food! The health benefits for green tea are so numerous, I will list just a few. Weight management, cancer prevention, brain health, immune system support, balanced blood sugar, bone density and anti-aging are just a few of the benefits. (Source: Health) With so many health benefits, a day without green tea is a wasted day.
Edamame is more than just an appetizer! It is a powerful food with a lot of health benefits. One cup of edamame has 14 grams of protein. That is higher than chickpeas, lentils or black beans! Edamame is full of fiber, folate magnesium and calcium. (Source: Well and Good) Plus, edamame is easy to cook with. Keep a bag of shelled frozen edamame in the fridge to toss into soups, stir fry's and on salads.
Green peppers are one of my favorite vegetables and we eat them every week. They are low in calories and have a mild flavor so they are perfect in almost every recipe. High in fiber, vitamins C and E, green peppers help reduce the risk of chronic diseases due to their high antioxidant content. (Source: Healthy Eating)
I could go on and on about green foods and health benefits, but I want to get to the recipes! In the next section, there are recipes using green foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Simply click on the name of the recipe to be brought to it.