Doug Larson wrote:
Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.
There’s a lot of people who’d agree with that. But if we flip it around a bit, just because bacon might smell good, does this mean we should eat it? Taking cocaine might feel good, but would you recommend it for your kids? We’ve developed a low grade addiction to many of the foods that make up the typical American diet.
Doing the right thing might not seem all that appetizing but once you get used to health foods, the way they taste and how they make you feel, it’s easy to stay on track. Greens are nutritional powerhouses which we should be eating every day. To get even more green goodness into our systems, you might want to consider drinking a green juice as well. These can be green powders – but the best option is really to make yourself a fresh green juice.
What is a Green Juice?
You might be thinking that a green juice is only going to have things like cabbage, collards, kale, lettuce and spinach in it. It’s fair to say that this would be a “green juice” but it would taste pretty bad! Green juices don’t have to be all greens – they just have to contain some greens. So if you can juice up a few cabbage leaves or stalks of kale with some apples and some lemon, that would make a healthy AND tasty green juice.
At juice bars, wheat grass shots are pretty popular. You can make the same sort of thing at home. If you can’t find wheat grass, you can make a green shot out of any leafy green vegetables you have at home.
Why Greens are Good for Us
It’s the nutrients that are in green vegetables that make them so important for our health. They’re loaded with minerals like calcium, iron and magnesium. They’ve got vitamins covered too including most of the B-complex group, vitamin C and vitamin K. Greens are even a source of protein and Omega 3 “good fats”.
Growing your own Garden
One of the cheapest ways to ensure a fresh supply of produce is to grow your own. Not only that, when you grow your own vegetables, you can know exactly what sort of chemicals are, and are not, used. That’s what I love about gardening. I’m able to make my own organic vegetables. Having a small survival garden has a number of benefits. What do you want to grow?