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Green leafy vegetables are  power­packed with fiber,  calcium,  protein, magnesium, iron,  vitamins K  and C, folic acid, potassium, and storehouse of disease­fighting molecules; i.e. photochemical (including lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta­carotene).

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If you are looking for the foods that are most nutritious, green leafy vegetables are sure to be the first choice. They are packed with higher amounts of nutrients (per calorie) as compared to any other foods.  

Green leafy vegetables health benefits

If you are looking for the foods that are most nutritious, green leafy vegetables are sure to be the first choice. They are packed with higher amounts of nutrients (per calorie) as compared to any other foods.  Owing to this great feature, some nutritionists are of the opinion that green leafy vegetables must be enrolled in a separate group of foods! If you ask me, I will simply opine that leafy greens must be eaten once a day (minimum) to obtain great health and vitality. To mention the nutrients in green leafy vegetables – what can I say? 


Why should you incorporate green vegetables into your diet? Firstly, the leafy vegetables are filled with natural nitrates. Please do not confuse it with nitrites (which are found in cured meat, especially bacon, hot dogs, etc.) and are known to cause cancer. The natural nitrates in vegetables stand just a  few steps ahead of nitric oxide;  which is an extremely powerful vasodilator; i.e. the ingredient that helps in opening up the blood vessels in the body. When the blood vessels are opened up (i.e. dilated) we are able to get more oxygen for the muscles. 

Eating green veggies also brings several other beneficial results as preventing cardiac disorders and hypertension. Our body can absorb the double amount of calcium from leafy green vegetables when compared to the absorption level of calcium from milk. In addition to this information, it is important to note that a cup of cooked kale stores 1300% vitamin K. So, the more greens we consume, the more we stay healthy.

Now the vital question is about how we maintain this healthy diet with green leafy vegetables?  Let us look and see how we can get leafy vegetables into our diet and think beyond kale and spinach!

Here is my green vegetables list to mull over:

1. Seaweed:
Seaweed is green too and leafy as well! They are available in various sizes of dehydrated packs at the health food stores.  Sarah (my friend)  told me about the great benefits of seaweeds as the alternative for green vegetables and  I  simply loved the idea.  She generally uses to crumble up handful seaweed in a  tortilla that is already filled with hummus.