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This spring has been a rough one for growers, but local and BC leafy greens are abundant at Healthyway!

Leafy greens are arguably the most concentrated source of nutrition. They’re a rich source of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins, including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins. Phytonutrients are also abundant in leafy greens, including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which protect our cells from damage and promote healthy aging. Leafy greens are also a source of fiber and even contain small amounts of omega-3.

Incorporating more leafy greens to your diet is a great way to detox naturally. Raw leafy greens can help cleanse harmful toxins that can cause certain cancers. They can be used as part of a diet for thyroid problems, quick detox from yeast, and with green smoothie recipes for natural fast weight loss, headaches and high blood pressure.

Green smoothies are great for digestion, providing nutrients that can be absorbed quickly and easily. A good green smoothie ratio is typically 60% fruit to 40% greens. There are no rules or regulations to making your own green smoothie. Feel free to experiment! Here’s a tasty idea to get you started:

  • 1 large banana, ripe
  • 1 cup mangoes or blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 5 oz spinach, fresh
  • 1 cup pure water (more or less for desired consistency)

Pour in water first. Add the banana then the rest of the ingredients on top. Blend until smooth, add more water to desired consistency. Serves 1-2.

Happy sipping!

Written by: Kira DeSorcy

June 28, 2011