We’re all hearing more and more about the importance of fruit and vegetables, especially greens. With our increasingly busy lifestyles and abundance of convenience foods, it’s easy to forget your 5 cups of vegetables daily. To help you out we’ve put together some easy tips and tricks to bolster your daily greens intake.
- Include greens for breakfast: A great way to increase serves of green vegetables in your diet is to incorporate them into your breakfast which is recognised as one of the most important meals of the day. Why not begin your day with a vegetable omelet, zucchini pancake or vegetable scrambled eggs. Zucchini contains a moderate source of folate which is important for cell division and DNA synthesis, good source of potassium which has a positive effect on reducing blood pressure and also contains moderate levels of B vitamins.
- Incorporate vegetables in your snack: Snack on celery, cucumber and zucchini sticks with hummus or kale chips. Kale is known as a superfood because of its rich nutritional content of vitamins and minerals. It contains all 9 essential amino acids needed to form the proteins within the human body including histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, valine – plus, 9 other non-essential ones for a total of 18. In addition it is also high in vitamin A, essential fatty acids, magnesium and calcium.
- Begin your dinner with an entre salad: If you begin dinner with a small entre salad you are hugely increasing your green vegetable intake whilst improving portion control for carbohydrate and protein. You can include spinach, kale, cucumber, green beans and zucchini in your salad. Top it all off with our delicious Alkalising Greens Basil Vinaigrette
- Make half of your plate vegetables: By making half of your plate vegetables you increase your vegetable intake and provide a rich nutrient sources of vitamins and minerals.
- Have a green smoothie throughout the day: By sipping on a green smoothie throughout the day add more serves of green vegetables your diet whilst satisfying hunger pains. Cucumber in particularly, is rich in antioxidants vitamin C, beta-carotene, manganese and contain high levels of vitamins A, B, C, D and E. Be sure to include cucumber in your next green smoothie.
If you're still struggling to eat that many greens, you can always supplement some of your greens intake with our boosting powders, including Alkalising Greens, Spirulina, Wheat Grass, Barley Grass, Chlorella and Kale Powder!
1 small bunch fresh basil leaves
4 tbsps crushed roasted garlic
4 tsbs balsamic vinegar
750ml extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsb Morlife Alkalising Greens pH7.3
Celtic sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
In a blender, combine the basil , garlic and vinegar
Slowly blend in the oil and Morlife Alkalising Greens pH7.3
Add salt and pepper to taste