Green leafy vegetables, when eaten raw, offer some of the best plant-based amino acids, the building blocks of protein. They are the easiest to digest and absorb, if well blended, juiced or completely chewed. Green smoothies are an increasingly popular way to obtain large quantities of vegetables in your diet every day. It’s important to work in the greens. Eating any type of green leafy vegetable over a long period of time can cause the release of toxins from the body. Moreover, since each of the green leafy vegetables are rich in various essential amino acids, eat a variety to ensure that your body gets all the necessary amino acids to build proteins.
Turnip Greens – With turnips, most people focus on the root, but the greens of this plant are also incredibly healthy although they have a slightly bitter taste. Turnips are delicious when or steamed as a side dish with onion, garlic, lemon and olive oil or as an addition to stews, soups, and pasta. Turnip Greens help promote colon health (including reduced risk of colon cancer), provide relief from rheumatoid arthritis, prevention of atherosclerosis, prevent mental decline function and promote lung health. Turnip Greens can also help keep the lungs, colon, brain and heart healthy.
Sea Vegetables – Known as sea weeds, these are leaves found in the sea. Even though technically they are not a vegetable (they are classified as an algae), they contain a lot of nutrition and have a unique flavor which is slightly salty. Sea vegetables can be eaten alone as a snack (dried) or added to salads, soups, stews and stir-fries. Sea vegetables may help promote healthy thyroid function, prevent cancer, prevent birth defects, relieve symptoms of menopause, prevent heart disease, and help reduce inflammation and help to body cleanse your system.
Romaine Lettuce – When a lot of Americans think of lettuce, they think of iceberg lettuce – nutrition-less, tasteless, pale lettuce, often added in fast food burgers. Romaine lettuce, meanwhile, contains a lot of nutrition and has a crunchy texture and a great flavor. Romaine lettuce is an excellent base for salads, as a topping and ideal for snacks. Create a yummy wrap using a romaine leaf and filling it with some vegetables, tuna salad or whatever you like. Lettuce helps protect the heart, in particular by supporting normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels.