When I think of Summers I think of energy! Summers are full of sunshine, hope, renewal and eagerness for the warmer, longer days ahead. We have many greens in the farms now and since i keep stressing on how important it is to have greens in your diet
My top 8 energizing foods this spring are vibrant and packed with nutrients.
1.) Arabic Rocket
Rocket is a green leafy lettuce that is actually part of the cruciferous veggie family like kale, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and radish. Rockets have a delicious peppery bite thanks to its incredible health promoting phytonutrients that help support our liver with natural detoxification.
2.) Flat Parsley
Parsley has a long history of use as a breath freshener and is a prominent feature in many diets. Parsley is associated with a lower risk for developing heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancers. Parsley contains numerous phytonutrients and vitamins such as folic acid, which is important for healthy red blood cells and a lower risk of certain cancers. Parsley is a great addition to your favorite green juice. It is flavorful, vibrant and a very cost effective veggie. Save your leftover parsley pulp for making a broth or as a topping for any green salad.
Kale is a good source of folate which is vitally important for fetal development. Folate has also been shown to potentially prevent cognitive decline, bestowing it with anti-aging properties! Kale is packed with antioxidants, which neutralize cell-damaging free radicals – another reason why it’s a great anti-aging food. A very good source of fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, kale also contains as chromium, a trace mineral that assists insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.
Spinach is another vibrant, green spring treat. Best known for it’s plant-based iron content, spinach is also an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E. Popeye’s favorite veggie is also a good source of calcium, potassium, and choline. To best absorb the iron from spinach eat it with another Vitamin C-rich food like bell peppers, kiwi fruit or strawberries.
Garlic Scapes are like the long green, tough “flower stalks” of the garlic plant. They have an aromatic oniony smell and are loaded with potent nutrients like fiber, vitamin C and phytonutrients allium and glutathione a potent antioxidant plus sulfur compounds all with cancer preventive properties.
Scallions are a member of the spinach family .Swiss Chards are a very good source of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, calcium, iron, potassium and manganese.
.7 Sugar Snap Peas (Snow Peas)
Sugar snap peas are a good source of riboflavin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamin, folate, iron and manganese.
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