Our patients and readers often ask us about how to make nourishing, delicious smoothies. As we all have our preferences, our nutritionist and health coach, Vanessa Kahler, has created this amazing “How to” guide, to make the smoothie making process easy, practical and full of healthy, delish options.
Leafy greens are among the healthiest foods we can eat. In fact, a study published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, which ranks plant foods for their nutritional value, placed the leafy greens in the top 10. They are high in nutrients but low in calories, meaning they can always be added to a meal to boost its nutrient value without boosting its caloric value.
Leafy greens are a great source of vitamin K, important for normal blood clotting, and folate, needed for cell renewal and the body’s ability to heal itself. They also contain the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin with support healthy vision.
Brain function also gets a boost when we pack in the greens, as research has linked them to improved memory and cognitive skills. Many studies have also linked eating your greens to having a healthy heart.
Certain leafy greens, such as arugula, bok choy, cabbage and kale, are part of the cruciferous family of vegetables and are some of the best sources of glucosinolates which may protect against cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.
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