If you’re into greens for their antioxidant, vitamin and nutrient power, and have been juicing with kale, broccoli and cucumber, you’re likely to be feeling the benefits. Here are 5 more greens that you can either add to your juice-mix or use in breakfasts, lunches and suppers.
When you look at the benefits, the idea of including more of them does seem very tasty indeed.
Just 2 tablespoons of this mild herb provide all the vitamin K, an essential nutrient that regulates blood flow and your body’s stress response. Parsley leaves make for a wonderful garnish, adding a bright freshness to salads and tacos when roughly chopped.
Cilantro / Coriander
Cilantro, or fresh coriander as it’s known in South Africa, is packed with vitamin K and calcium, which both help build strong bones. The herb is super versatile, and we love it in juices and smoothies and, of course, chopped up in guacamole.
Watercress is packed with protein, potassium, and a handful of vitamins like C, E, and K. Work its sharp, slightly bitter flavour into your rotation by throwing a handful onto soup until it wilts, tossing it in a salad, or even throwing it into your grilled cheese for a little boost.
Just 1 cup of Swiss chard (that’s spinach, to most of us) contains three times the vitamin K you need in a day and then some. Its hardy leaves make for a great sandwich wrap or lovely alternative to kale chips.
Fresh mint is rich in carotenes and vitamin C, which could play a role in promoting heart health. Plus, it’s super versatile. Muddle its leaves and combine them with sparkling water for a refreshing spritzer, add it to hot water for a soothing afternoon tea, or throw it in with fresh fruit for a flavourful sweet treat.
Releaf Health Editor’s note: Sprinkle a sachet of Releaf Probiotic Melt into your morning juice or onto your breakfast – for great gut health. Immunity begins in the gut, so if you plan to safeguard yourself against winter bugs, cold and flu, a sprinkle of probiotic once a day will go a long way to keeping you in sparkling good health.
Content via www.mindbodygreen.com 24 January 2018.