Wheres Your Greens?

Morning all,

It’s time for a #TrainingTips post, which is all about your Greens.

How often were you told as a child to ‘Eat your Greens’ and I bet if you’ve got children yourself you drill that into your kids too.

But do you tell yourself to eat your greens?  Sometimes we’re good at giving the advice but not so good at doing it ourselves.  So this article is going to be all about why you should be taking your own advice and eating it.

Wheres Your Greens

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So where to start…  There are many benefits of consuming your greens so lets take a deeper look.

Antioxidants and Phytonutrients

What you ask.  Antioxidants play a big role in protecting the body against viruses and Phytonutrients are special chemicals that boost your immune system and help to protect against cellular damage.  Both of which I’m sure you’ll agree sound pretty beneficial.

Most green foods nutrient dense and are a great source of vitamin A, C and E and minerals such as iron, potassium and zinc.  So anyone that is deficient in these vitamins or minerals, get more green inside you is the answer.

Nice on the hips

Just like most non-starchy vegetables, pretty much all green foods that spring to mind are low in calories and don’t carry those high blood sugar spikes with them.  So greens are perfect for bulking out all meals without pushing your calorie intake excessively.  Not only that but green foods are a great source of fibre, which helps with digestive health.  Furthermore lots of green foods are rich in polyphenols which are a natural source of the bacteria bacteroidetes.   Current research has found that people who are naturally slim or have a better weight management have a more diverse gut microbiome with a favourable quantities of bacteroidetes.

Here is a little list of some different green foods I personally love:

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Mange tout
  • Sprouts
  • Kiwi
  • Basil
  • Peas
  • Cucumber
  • Courgette
  • Peppers
  • Apples
  • Chilies
  • Cabbage
  • Pears
  • Asparagus
  • Green Beans
  • Green Tea
  • Seaweed
  • Avocados
    • Avocados are maybe the only exception to the rule of lower in calories as they do contain a high amount of fat, roughly 23g in a medium sized avocado.  That being said though it’s monounsaturated that we should all love.
Wheres Your Greens

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There are a huge variety of green foods to choose from as you can see and there are many more than I’ve listed above so don’t be shy to experiment why new ones.

 

Have a great weekend guys and don’t forget your greens.

 

Stay strong and live, love and laugh!

Dan

#GetLeanIn2018

#1CoachDC

#FitFam

 
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