Remember when you were a kid and your mom used to remind you to eat all your veggies? She knew what she was talking about – especially when it came to those of the green variety. Now that you’re an adult, perhaps with children of your own, you may still find getting that daily recommended dosage of healthy greens to be a challenge. If you need a little more convincing, here are a few of the many incredible benefits to eating green vegetables (and which ones pack the most punch).
Many health gurus and nutritionists consider kale to be one of the healthiest foods on the entire planet, so it’s no surprise this one made the list. What’s so great about it? Well, how about the fact that just one little cup-full contains three grams of protein, 206 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin A, 134 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C and a whopping 684 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin K. And all of that for just 33 teensy calories. Don’t like the taste? No problem. Just add some frozen kale to your favorite green smoothie and you’ll never know!
If you love cultural cuisines such as Indian, African or Caribbean, you might already be enjoying okra on a regular basis. This unique-tasting green veggie, also sometimes affectionately referred to as ‘ladies’ fingers,’ is great when roasted or fried and makes an excellent addition to dishes like curry or stir-fries. Your body will love okra for its natural ability to help manage digestive health and also regulate blood sugar and fat levels.