Eat something green everyday! This is a mantra I learned while attending the Energetic Health Institute. The Energetic Health Institute is a school that educates people on holistic health topics such as Vaccines, De-Toxing and Cannabis. I am studying to become a Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist.
I've always been interested in nutrition science but did not believe in the guidelines our government uses to tell us what to eat. Inherently, it just felt wrong. Plus, I've always believed we can't get enough nutrients from food alone. Vitamins are necessary to support our overall health. The topics I'm learning combine nutrition, vitamins, physical activity and the benefits of having a positive attitude.
When it comes to nutrition, the very simple concept of eating something green everyday helps us achieve optimal health. Why? Chlorophyll. In any green food, whether it is kiwi, spinach, broccoli or matcha, 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. Chlorophyll transfers electrons into CoQ10 which means it accelerates energy production in the body. So not only are you getting key nutrients from chlorophyll, you also feel more energetic. (Source: University Health News)
The best way to get chlorophyll from food 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. Sometimes it may be hard to find organic ingredients in one location. Amazon has become my go to for dry goods and spices that I might not be able to find in the local grocery store. Another great website is Vitacost.com. While you benefit from eating something green everyday, as I mentioned, it is hard to get all the nutrients you need from food alone. Even when eating organic. Supplements are necessary.
If you are going to take a supplement, you will notice that most are made from green algae. Dr. Axe notes that natural chlorophyll is not shelf-stable and degrades rather quickly. Most supplements contain cholorphyllin. Oral doses of 100mg - 300mg taken daily have been used with almost no side effects. Contacting a holistic nutritionist can help you determine what the right dose is for you. 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.
While I believe in supplements, a girl has to eat! My goal is to eat something green everyday by adding spinach, arugula, green beans, broccoli, avocado and matcha to meals or drinks. To keep things interesting, I don't focus on just one meal to add something green. I think about my schedule for the week and I plan for eating green foods. Also, when I try a new recipe, if there isn't something green in it, I add to it. Organic frozen chopped spinach is my go to when I add green to a recipe. It takes on the flavors of the dish and is hardly noticeable when added.
Below are easy to make recipes that contain green foods. Breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas abound. If you make any of them, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @heather_lee_donahue and use the #heathershealthhabits hashtag. I love seeing your takes on the recipes I share!
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Healthy Green Breakfast Tacos from Love and Lemons
Matcha Green Tea Pancakes from Oh How Civilized
Spinach Oatmeal Waffles from The Happy Hungry Yogi
Egg and Greens Bowl from Eating Bird Food
Green Breakfast Smoothie from The Endless Meal
Healthy Coconut Kale Green Muffins from She Likes Food
Greens & Grains Power Lunch from Foxes Love Lemons
Zesty Grilled Chicken and Greens Salad from The Mama Maven
Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowl with Broccoli from Foodie Crush
Broccoli Salad from Spend with Pennies
Chicken and Avocado Salad from Home Made Interest
Sundried Tomato and Kale Pasta Salad from 3 Yummy Tummies
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken with Vegetables from Damn Delicious
Vegan Broccoli and Cheese Casserole from Fit Foodie Finds
Mushroom Pork Chops with Spinach Skillet from Babaganosh
Garden Vegetable Lasagna from Tastes Lovely
Lentil Kale Quinoa Stew from DetoxInista
Arugula Pesto Pasta & Blistered Tomatoes from No Spoon Necessary
I hope the recipes I shared motivate you to start eating something green everyday. You will feel better and have more energy by following this very basic advice. If you decide to start eating something green everyday, let me know how it is going. I love to hear your experiences about the healthy living advice I share.