Eat Green – Feel Great – Alleviate Pain!
Green vegetables are low in calories, packed full of nutrients, cheap, you don’t need to cook them AND the food you eat can help to alleviate pain.
How is this so? It’s because they are packed full of the following, which are essential to healthy living and to assist the body to reduce inflammation – which causes pain.
Fibre – helps to keep a healthy digestive system working
Calcium – helps with bones, muscle function and nerves
Folate – a natural form of the vitamin B group essential to fetal development of the brain and spine
Iron – required to help carry blood through the human system
Magnesium – critical in bone development and maintenance
Vitamin A – to support vision and the immune system
Vitamin C – a powerful antioxidant to boost the immune system
Vitamin E – a strong antioxidant which helps to protect cells and prevent disease
Fabulous ways to eat your green vegetables
Being good for digestion it’s great to start your meal with a small green salad such as:
2 or 3 different types of lettuce leaves
Some spinach leaves
Sugar snap peas
Finely chopped kale
Drizzle with a little olive oil, some lemon juice, salt and pepper
Have instead of a meal sometimes or when you are on the run. Kids love smoothies and you can make icy poles out of them. In a blender mix together:
One big handful each of kale and baby spinach
An avocado and a banana
A handful of combined goji berries, flax seeds, chia seeds and LSA mix
Your choice to add mixed berries, mango, acai, blueberries or other fruits
Enough coconut and filtered water (½ and ½) to make your desired drinking consistency
Kids and men love this dish!! Great with a BBQ or as a hot side dish for family and friends and it freezes well in portions for later – so make a big dish.
Hard bake all sorts of vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, eggplant, pumpkin, broccoli, zucchini, green beans, brussel sprouts
Once cooked chop all up and mix together with a large tin of baked beans and some chopped spinach leaves
Top with cheese and cut in half cherry tomatoes to mark out serving sizes and bake again until the cheese is melted and it is hot through
Hide in Meals
If the family don’t like to know they are eating greens, just chop them up or blend them and hide them in other foods such as:
Homemade hamburgers (chopped)
Pasta sauce (blended)