One way to make sure you always have vegetables on hand is to grow green veggies yourself! Unwind by tending your garden, lower the carbon footprint of what you eat, and enjoy a fantastic fresh vegetable harvested the day you eat it! Here’s a video showing how I start seeds for kale.
Best Greens to Eat
The darker the color of a vegetable, the higher the nutrient content. Dark green leafy greens like kale, spinach, arugula, collards, and chard are packed with beta carotene, potassium, Vitamin K, folic acid, and fiber. I talked about how these nutrients impact your wellbeing here: https://deborahrankinrd.com/dark-green-veggie/
Dietary beta carotene intake from dark green leafy vegetables is linked not only to less decline in mental function with age, but to lower levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation tied to risk or severity of ailments like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. https://doi.org/10.1177/1559827619894954
Belly Fat in Women, Belly Fat in Men
As inflammation builds in your body, metabolic changes seem to favor the accumulation of abdominal fat. That’s why belly fat is a health risk, which I feel is much more significant than how it affects your body image. For more information on lifestyle habits than can help you reduce belly fat, get my free guide “Five Things To Start Now to Lose Belly Fat.”
Grow Green Veggies
You may end up with such an abundant supply you’ll create new ways to use them in your meals. Beyond salads and smoothies, how do you like to use green veggies in meals? Here’s a mash-up meal I made with kale: