Oh, glorious greens! I will tell you I totally crave a big green leafy salad or a tall glass of Green Goddess. I wasn’t always like this, however. I can remember when I hardly ate a slice of cucumber a few years back. I know that I, along with many Americans, didn’t get enough veggies in my diet. Little by little, I started to learn to cook and eat greens and now I can’t live without them.
Nutritionally greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, phosphorous, and vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals (great for athletes!).
There are so many greens to choose from and the key is to CHOOSE any or all of the following: kale, watercress, mustard greens, arugula, bok choy, Swiss chard, spinach, dandelion, and broccoli rabe.
Here’s a delicious, GREEN, and easy recipe to try:
Spinach and Radicchio Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette
1 large bunch fresh spinach stems removed cut into bite-size pieces
1 small head radicchio, cut into bite-sized pieces
Vinaigrette: 3 large whole scallions, finely minced, 1 Tbs Dijon mustard, 3 Tbs olive oil, 3 Tbs red wine vinegar, 1/3 cup apple juice
Combine spinach and radicchio in a salad bowl, set aside. In a small mixing bowl, combine scallions, mustard, oil, vinegar, and apple juice. Whisk with a fork. Pour over salad, and serve at once.
Get into the habit of adding these dark, leafy green vegetables to your daily diet. Try it out for a month and see how you feel.
Are you digging the greens for your detox? Please share with your comment below. xo