by Paula | January 18, 2013 1:46 am
Green Foods can help you reach your weight loss goals. Eating 5 cups raw greens or 2 ½ cups cooked green vegetables keeps your metabolism in fat-burning mode and helps your systems cleanse your body of toxins.
Because greens are rich in water and fiber, greens help you feel satiated to help manage your overall daily calorie count. The best of the greens are:
–Broccoli: A star due to its high selenium content (essential mineral that helps detoxify and reduce muscle damage and soreness.
–Swiss Chard: packed with cancer-fighting phytochemicals, it is considered a super food. Chard is very low in calories (19 cal per 100 g fresh, raw leaves) and fats, recommended in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs. It also is high in vitamin C and vitamin K.
-Kale: It helps the body rid itself of toxins by increasing your ability to use detoxification enzymes. Remove the stems when preparing. The most health benefits come when it’s eaten raw, though many prefer it cooked slightly with extra virgin olive oil, a bit of garlic, a pinch of salt, and a splash of lemon juice or balsamic vinegar.
–Spinach: It is filled with nitrates and high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory factors that reduce toxins and support organ health.
Greens are so versatile, and can be used in so many forms; it’s not hard to believe that you CAN eat 5 servings a day. Add to shakes with a juicer, add to egg whites at breakfast, in salads or on sandwiches for lunch, or added to pasta or wilted as a side dish at dinner. Utilize greens daily to achieve maximum health benefits.
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