You may have heard of green veg as the ‘powerhouses’ of vegetables. Well without taking too much of your time this week here are 5 reasons why you should be eating more greens (not the skittle variety). We’re talking spinach, kale, broccoli, beans, asparagus and peas to name a few!
Iron - these vegetables are a great source of plant based iron which is vital for transporting oxygen around the body. Optimise the amount of iron your body can absorb and utilise by adding a source of vitamin C. E.g. squeeze lemon juice on your cooked greens.
Vitamin K - this is a nutrient which isn’t spoken about very much. Essentially vitamin K is vital for blood clotting and regulating calcium levels to support bone health.
Folate - aka B9. Folate is vital (particularly in pregnant women or those looking to conceive). It plays a role in protecting against neural tube defects e.g. spina bifida and in the production of RNA and DNA .
Fibre - I’ve said it many a times but fibre is absolutely vital for supporting your gut health which we now know is linked to mental wellbeing, weight management, skin health, energy and so much more. Supporting your gut is vital to help optimise nutrient absorption so try and ensure you’re getting your 30g.day.
Calcium - these green veg are a source of plant based calcium (as are tofu, nuts, seeds and fortified milks). Calcium is vital for maintaining healthy bones and teeth as well as supporting muscle and nerve function.
There you have a few #smartpointers to encourage you eat more greens. Try adding one portion to every meal!