Unfortunately, this blog post isn’t about to tell you to start eating M&M’s but we’re pleased that the picture got you to click on the link! For the past few years, we have been inundated with recipes for green smoothies and ads for green nutrition powders so what’s all the fuss about? Can colour of your food really make that much of a difference to your health and wellbeing?
Yes it can, and there are many reasons why!
Green vegetables get their colour from chlorophyll which is the key to why they are so good for us. Chlorophyll is packed with a range of powerful nutrients such as Vitamin A, C, E and K, magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium. It is also loaded with antioxidant properties that protect our cells from toxins and damaging free-radicals that can cause oxidative stress in our bodies leading to the development of various health conditions.
Chlorophyll also aids in restoring red blood cells by working at a molecular and cellular level. The molecular structure of chlorophyll is similar to that of haemoglobin, an important part of human blood. It is rich in enzymes that help cleanse blood which enhances its ability to carry more oxygen around our bodies, delivering nutrients to our cells where they are needed.
The antioxidants in greens also clear out toxins and have an alkalising effect on the body. A 2012 review published in the ‘Journal of Environmental Health demonstrated that balancing your body’s pH can be beneficial in reducing numerous chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis and low bone density, among many others. Most of the popular and common food choices around these days tend towards acidity (think red meat, coffee, alcohol, dairy, grains and other processed foods), one of the easiest ways to balance pH levels is to include plenty of alkalising greens in to our diet.
Green vegetables such as leafy greens like spinach, silverbeet and kale as well as broccoli and zucchini contain only small amounts of carbohydrates. However, the carbs they do contain are complex and important for your health as they are packed with fiber which helps to keep you full longer and plays a vital role in regular bowel movements.
Experiment with different ways of including more green food in your diet such as leafy salads or lightly steamed vegetables for lunch, celery and cucumber sticks with hommus for a snack or a green smoothie with breakfast.
Green smoothies are an easy way to incorporate more nutrient rich chlorophyll in to your day. I have one every morning with breakfast and it sets me up perfectly for the rest of the day leaving me feeling rejuvenated, energised and hydrated.
My go to recipe is below
Handful of frozen pineapple
Handful of blueberries or rasberries
Two handfuls of spinach or lightly steamed kale
Two scoops of nutra organics collagen powder