Green veggies are my favorite. Perhaps not my favorite color but definitely a favorite delicacy to my taste buds ( which I am constantly trying to please!).
Why? Well, it basically comes down to the fact that I love the way they all taste. I appreciate the crunchiness of a broccoli, the versatility of the celery, and the sweetness of bok choy. The up side to loving a green veggie, is that they are nutrient power houses. Packed with antioxidants and fiber which nourish, cleanse and energize us. To me, the perfect foods.
why adore? I just finished writing a class on cleansing ( I plan to offer this class virtually so stay tuned!) and put a emphasis on explaining the liver detox pathways. I mention this because asparagus is packed with the antioxidant, glutathione, which is an important element in supporting the liver during detoxification. Asparagus is packed with fiber which does an amazing job of keeping the digestive and circulatory system squeaky clean by removing toxins.
If your one of the 50% who notices a slight smell in your urine after eating asparagus, this is why…. the chemical compound culprit is mercaptan. Funny, as it the same chemical that gives skunks their offensive odor.
Here is a video of the kids making roasted asparagus.
why adore? Broccoli has a perfect combination of vitamin a and k which are important nutrients that aid in vitamin d metabolism. In general, our society is showing deficiencies in vitamin d, so eating broccoli can be helpful. Specific nutrients in broccoli play a strong role in the livers detoxification pathways and because of its fiber content, it does a wonderful job reducing cholesterol in the body.
3. Bok Choy
why adore? Bok choy gives a huge boost t0 the immune system because it if packed full of vitamin c and other phytonutrients. It is so easy to cook – slice it up, and stir fry it with a little salt, pepper and garlic. Kids just love it too as it really has a nice sweet taste to it.
why adore? Celery is filled with water and fiber which are perfect for people who are counting calories in hopes of shedding a healthy few pounds. It is full of potassium which will help promote toxin removal due to having a diuretic effect ( via the kidney). I love it most in soups, in fact, Pearl asks me to make her celery soup… just celery ( how easy is that!).
why adore? It is so easy to grow! Plus it freshens breath, a beautiful added colorful garnish to most meals, and it helps sooth the digestive tract.
On my list to try… Watercress. Do you have any watercress recipes?
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