Eat your dark leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables daily for optimal health! Leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables are ranked the most nutrient dense food group per calorie according to the aggregate nutrient density index.
Green foods are rich in minerals and some of the most essential nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, vitamin C, E and K!
These include; kale, collard, chard, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, cabbage and others. Not only are these foods great in improving your nutrient status, they also help to serve as potent inducers for liver detoxification, which helps your body get rid of oxidative stress, inflammation and reduce cancer risk.
Our season is slowing starting to transition into a warmer spring so cooking lighter dishes will soon become the focus point. The transitioning period can sometimes be a little stressful for our bodies if we are not used to it at first, but listen to the little voice inside your head telling you to make healthier food choices!
Focusing on greens is the best way to help your body adapt to the season changes, supporting the liver to eliminate the excess cholesterol, old estrogen and toxins.
Greens are my secret weapon, when I am trying to make eating healthy a daily priority, but leaving room for a small indulgence here and there (like my almond milk cappuccino). This helps me to focus on eating more fresh and seasonal produce. It helps me to find my own best balance.
I don’t do well with juice cleanses. You know those three to five or even 7 day restrictive diets with only vegetable and fruit juices! Celebrities and healthy gurus swear by it.
I have to say, it is a great way of giving your digestive system a rest and helping to restore the body, but by following a 7 day juice diet I realized I am not feeding my body the right way, with adequate calories and foods high in fibre and healthy fats.
I wasn’t l healing and nourishing my body, I am in favor of following a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle based on whole foods as opposed to extreme juice cleanses.
We live in a society that thrives on speedy results, but I honestly believe when it comes to weight loss and cleansing your system, there is no short term solution.
In the 7 day juice cleanse I felt weak, I couldn’t exercise, I struggled to sleep and had really bad headaches. “ People say headaches are a sign of detoxifying, but I think it was really just because I was hungry.”
Many of us need structure when it comes to eating healthy, and that is OKAY. Start by removing the guilt and replacing them with sustainable alternative healthier options.
I love cold pressed juices, they are often included in my my daily diet with a whole array of different nourishing foods, rather than starving myself for days, drinking juices alone.
Try this nutrient rich, cleansing green juice, it will help to strengthen your immune system against the offensive flu season.
Super green juice
2 bunches celery, washed and chopped
200g baby spinach, washed and chopped
3 Granny Smith apples, chopped
1 cucumber, roughly chopped
Small handful parsley
2 lemons, juiced
A generous piece of ginger, chopped
Optional add – ins
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen pineapple or mango
Place all the chopped vegetables and fruit into the juicer and blend on high. The juicer will remove all the pulp. If choosing to add chia seeds, add them at the end, after straining.
Pour the juice into glasses and enjoy the healthy boost!
If you don’t have a juicer, blitz the ingredients into a blender. Strain the pulp through a fine sieve or cheesecloth over a bowl. Discard the pulp.
The juice can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days. Some of the pulp may separate, give it a good shake or stir before drinking.