Getting enough greens into a daily diet is one of the number one struggles for many individuals. I’ll admit, I’m not on it 100 percent every day either, but I do have some tips and tricks I use to increase my intake of the greens throughout the week that I have written about in a previous post that you can check out here, 3 Tips to Get More Greens Into Your Life.
Green leafy vegetables are full of vitamins and nutrients that help with digestion and gut health, are amazing immune support, and can help prevent disease. However, one of my favorite qualities of greens is that they are an awesome source of natural energy. Seriously, you should try them! I once had a coworker approach me an hour or so after lunch and tell me about how awesome and full of energy he felt after eating a salad for lunch. I love hearing stories about other people’s health journeys and “aha” moments. It’s so cool and often elicits a high five!
Turns out, there is some science behind this observation my coworker noticed as a result of eating salad greens. Green leafy vegetables contain calcium, potassium, manganese, and folate. While all of these nutrients contribute to health, it’s magnesium that directly increases our energy levels. Our cells use magnesium to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which our bodies use as fuel (a.k.a. energy). Our bodies are so amazing aren’t they?!
Cheers to your health and your cells!
Recipe: (serves 1)
- 4 leaves swiss chard
- 4 leaves romaine lettuce
- small handful parsley
- 1 broccoli stalk
- 1 apple
- 1 lime
Wash and prep all ingredients, and then juice away!
*Note: Every juicer varies in juice output. This recipe, like my other juice recipes, may produce more or less depending on your type of juicer.
Question: What’s your favorite green?