Easy Ways to Incorporate Green Leafy Vegetables
A recent perspective analysis published in the December issue of Journal of Neurology found that as little as ONE serving of greens slowed cognitive decline with aging. Food is information and greens are some of our most vital, life-giving foods and this vitality translates directly into a better quality of life with aging.
If greens are not already a daily part of your life I offer several ways to start to incorporate daily.
Salads! I know, you are sick of salads. But have you tried making a super salad? One that will induce jealously by all of those around you?
- Start with mixed greens, romaine, and/or spinach.
- Add MORE greens in the form of microgreens (bean sprouts, broccoli sprouts, pea sprouts) and fresh herbs (cilantro, parsley or basil)
- Add colour with raw or roasted carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bell peppers, beets, avocados and tomatoes
- Add protein in the form of leftover meat, or fish, beans, seeds (including chia or flax) or nuts
- Add berries or pomegranate seeds
Frozen = Fresh. Flash frozen at the peak of their harvest, frozen greens may retain more of their nutrient profile and all important bioactive compounds. Prewashed and convenient, frozen is my preferred form once the local harvest is over.
- Add a handful of organic, chopped greens to a smoothie.
- Add Swiss chard, kale or mustard greens to a pasta sauce in the last minutes of simmering.
- Finish off any stir fry or curry by adding for a quick saute.
- Kale, spinach or beet greens make a great addition to stews and soups
Degrees and Education
Sandra is a graduate of The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), a fully-accredited 4-year, full-time professional program in Toronto. She graduated as a recipient of the Presidents Letter for Outstanding Achievement in Asian Medicine Specialty. Sandra is licensed to practice in regulated provinces after completing the comprehensive Naturopathic Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) administered by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE) in Oregon. Website: http://sandramurphynd.com/