How to Add More Leaf Vegetables To Your Diet

Leaf vegetables are one of the healthiest foods on the planet as they are low in calories, but yet high in fiber and other essential nutrients. Leaf vegetables include vegetables such as kale, collards, spinach, dandelion greens, beet greens, bok choy, mustard greens and lettuce.

Vegetables can help you to lose weight as well as help you to fight and prevent many serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Here are some practical ways to add more leaf vegetables to your diet.

Salads

Salads are very easy to make, and the good thing is that you can use any kind of greens and salad dressing that you like. However, to make the most out of the salad, you should opt for a lighter dressing such as olive oil and fresh lemon juice.

You can also use them in garden salads with tomatoes, onions, peppers, olives and other ingredients that you like.

Wraps

Some leaf vegetables such as kale, collards and Romaine lettuce have large enough leaves so that you can use the leaves in your wraps instead of tortillas. You can still have all your favorite ingredients in the center, but the outside wrapper will be much healthier.

Smoothies

Smoothies are excellent for helping you to sweeten the bitterness of the leafy greens as you can blend them up with all your favorite sweet fruits along with agave nectar, raw cacao and coconuts.

Fruits and Vegetable Juices

Juicing your fruits and vegetables is a great way to obtain all the nutrients, but without the fiber. Fiber is good for you, but sometimes you just need those extra vitamins in your body to help you function better.

For your first batch of juice make sure to juice more fruits than vegetables, as the green juice can be quite bitter. However, once you become more accustomed to the taste of green juice you can begin to add more leaf vegetables.

Purchasing

When purchasing your vegetables, try to buy organic whenever possible as they do not contain any chemicals. However, it may not always be possible to buy organic and you may have to settle for conventional vegetables. If that is the case, then make sure that you thoroughly wash the leaves before you consume them so that you do not ingest any more chemicals than what you have to. Also look for crisp leaves as they are fresher and will last longer in your fridge.

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