Healthy diets including green vegetables, fruits, lean meats, drinking plenty of water, and exercising keeps body and soul together from the inside out. Eating green vegetables, rich in iron, will ensure your blood stays red and healthy.
Why do you have to eat your greens? What is so great about green vegetables? Are they really an essential part of a healthy diet?
Learning from an early age to eat your veggies especially the green ones was always encouraged at meal times. I preferred roast potatoes, meat and gravy followed by sugary puddings, green vegetables just did not appeal to my tastes.
Servings of soggy green cabbage served up with a dollop in the school canteen was enough to put everyone off vegetables for life. The aroma of yellowish grey cabbage haunts to this day.
However, with my parent’s insistence to eat up your greens, they are good for you, I slowly progressed to eating green vegetables, developing a taste for peas. Leaving cabbage and sprouts, to go cold on the side of my plate, got me into trouble, but I just did not like the taste or texture of green vegetables.
Gaining more knowledge of nutrition and healthy eating as I grew older, I realized the importance of green vegetables in my diet. Not only were vegetables healthy choices, they did actually help my body function properly.
Eating green vegetables provides fiber in your diet, helping to maintain a healthy digestive system, and relieving constipation naturally. Cabbage, broccoli, sprouts, spinage and salad leaves, just a sample of dark green leaved vegetables which are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins and iron.
Iron is an essential nutrient used by the body for the production of red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen around the body helping organs and muscles work effectively. The production of red blood cells helps the body heal. Insufficient iron from green vegetables, red meat, lentils and iron rich foods like breakfast cereals in our diet can lead to health problems like anemia. Symptoms of anemia, dizziness and fatigue, among others can be rectified with diet changes omitting the need for medication.
Fruits high in vitamin C, oranges, strawberries, pears, for example, help the body absorb iron for healthy red blood cells. So like it or not green vegetables should be included in your healthy diet. Enjoying fresh crisp salads all year round offers variety of texture, taste, color and nutrition to your favorite dish.
Learning to cook my own homegrown green vegetables, steamed until hot, retaining the bite, improved the taste for me. Using the water for gravy also helped with the nutrient content.
Teaching healthy eating habits to my children meant that I had to eat my green vegetables. Children learn by example, so the cold green vegetables on the side of my plate disappeared with a forced smile. I now enjoy my vegetables first while they are hot and delicious, aiming to eat five portions of vegetables and fruit per day.
We eat green to stay healthy, providing our bodies with essential nutrients.
We eat green to stay red, vegetables and fruits, helping our body absorb iron for healthy red blood.
We eat green vegetables to keep our bodies in the ‘pink’, a lighter shade of red.