Eat Your Greens

I confess. I love kale, swiss chard, collard greens, arugula, broccoli… . And whether you’re trying to get pregnant, or trying to live a healthier life, you should love green leafy vegetables too.

Green leafy vegetables are essential for a healthy immune system and strengthening the blood and respiratory systems. They are loaded with antioxidants, which are said to prevent cancer.

Dark, leafy greens are a nutrition powerhouse, high in:

  • Calcium
  • Fiber
  • Folic Acid
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Vitamins A, C, E and K

Other benefits of eating dark, leafy greens include:

  • Better circulation
  • Improved liver and kidney function
  • Less mucus and congestion
  • Strengthened immunity

Green leafy vegetables are simple to prepare –sauté, juice, add to salads, soups and stews. Steaming greens makes them more fibrous, which helps you feel fuller, longer.

Rotate a variety of greens in your diet, including:

  • Arugula
  • Beet Greens*
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli Rabe
  • Chicory
  • Collard Greens
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Endive
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard Greens
  • Napa Cabbage
  • Spinach*
  • Swiss Chard*
  • Water Cress

* Note: These greens are high in oxalic acid which inhibits calcium absorption, so eat them in moderation.

Have a question about adding greens to your diet or how to cook them? Contact me here.

xo
Jennifer

By |2017-12-12T13:10:53-04:00December 12th, 2017|Fertility, Nutrition|0 Comments

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