Along the way of green smoothies becoming a staple in our house I’ve learned a lot about the varieties of greens that can be used in smoothies and the nutrition they add to the glass of green goodness.
Kale is a Vitamin K powerhouse and has plenty of Vitamin A, C, and manganese.
Dandelion greens are rich in calcium and iron and this leafy green boasts large amounts of Vitamin K and A.
Boost the amount of calcium in your diet and strengthen bones.
Parsley not only helps digestion. It can also help give you more iron in your diet, as well as other key nutrients like Vitamin C, copper, and manganese.
Adding Romaine leaves to your smoothie gives you a boost of Vitamin A, C, magnesium, calcium and iron.
Put more Vitamin A, K, C, folate, and riboflavin in your diet by eating lettuce.
This popular green leaf is packed with Iron, protein, Vitamin A, C, and K.
Watercress is packed full of antioxidants, Vitamin K, C and E, calcium, iron and beta-carotene.
Like other leafy greens, chard is loaded with Vitamin K along with carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin, which can protect the health of your eyes.
Should I rotate my greens?
Yes. Rotating your greens gives your body nutritional diversity. Mixing up your leafy greens will ensure that you’re rounding out all the different vitamins each type carries. Plus, each different type of leafy green contains small amounts of alkaloids so, when you switch them often, you’re giving your body a chance to work on the different alkaloids equally.
You can read more about rotating your greens at Incredible Smoothies.
One last thing.
Did you know March is National Nutrition Month?
Coincidentally, closely following National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, National Nutrition Month is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
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