The Color of Health – Green

Written by on January 12, 2015

Hi UML Family!

The month of January is a time of new beginnings for some and a time for others to recommit to long forgotten resolutions from years past. For many of us committed to healthy lifestyles, we follow a simple formula of 80/20 as it relates to diet and exercise. This means that we dedicate 80% of our fitness routine to eating nutritious, whole foods and 20% to daily physical activity.  My introductory series, The Color of Health is designed to help my fellow Urban Moguls broaden dietary choices by discussing the array of benefits that foods of specific colors can provide. During this series you will see the phrase “Eat a Rainbow”, this is the most simple and practical advice I give to those asking how to improve their overall health.

In this first post we’ll talk about eating GREEN.  I was inspired by a link I happened across while doing research for another project and it was not hard for me to get lost in all of information about green fruits and vegetables on the WWW. For those of you who don’t know, I love most green veggies, every morning I begin my day with a breakfast that includes at least two servings of green vegetables. Now, while my palate has come to adore the things which are green, there is an exception, Kale. I know, I know, kale is all the rage, because it is a SUPER food which provides distinct cholesterol-lowering benefits-depending on preparation, along with lowering risk for at least five different types of cancer (bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate). However, the strong “grassy” flavor leaves much to be desired in the taste realm, unless you like to eat grass.  Since I don’t, that mean I pass on all recipes that call for this cruciferous vegetable, and so it follows, that I miss out on all the goodness it has to offer. So, what’s a kale hater to do? Well, we can turn to one of ten other leafy greens that put kale to shame in all categories:

  1. Watercress
  2. Chinese Cabbage
  3. Chard
  4. Beet Greens
  5. Spinach
  6. Chicory
  7. Leaf Lettuce
  8. Parsley
  9. Romaine Lettuce
  10. Collard Greens

 

I won’t take the time to list all the benefits of each of these, but just take a look at a matchup between Romaine Lettuce (milder flavored) and kale:

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You can read the details for the other nine foods in link previously provided. I have tried them all and each one of these vegetables has distinct flavors and textures and I am certain that if you make a commitment to try each one, you will find one that does the double duty of meeting your nutritional needs and tasting great, so that you’ll eat more and even eventually, start to crave it as opposed to junk! So, start this New Year by eating a rainbow; craft a colorful plate at every meal and remember, green means GO!


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