If you are going to eat seasonally, then greens are what you will be eating this winter. So as a tribute to this new season, I am going to convince you to EAT YOUR LEAFY GREENS!
I firmly believe that nature provides what we need to survive, thrive and be healthy. So this poses the question, why has she given us greens in winter?
Here are my ideas
Green vegetables have a very high nutrient content. I won’t bore you with the details, but they have more nutrients per calorie than any other food. Forget fancy and expensive ‘super’ foods. Greens are as nourishing as it gets.
Their high level of nutrients coupled with many potent, immune enhancing Phyto (plant) chemicals, results in much-needed virus protection at this time of year. So consuming greens in some capacity, daily during winter, is a key factor in preventing colds and flu. Nature as always provides.
Being very low in calories, you can happily eat all you like. I think greens are a perfect accompaniment to the stodgy, hearty meals we tend to crave in the cooler months. Try it, the two really work together beautifully.
So here’s how you can incorporate greens into your diet this winter:
Grow your greens
What better way to optimise the nutrition available in greens, than to grow your own. All varieties of lettuce, spinach, rocket, mustard greens, kale, parsley and coriander grow very easily throughout the winter months. They can be grown in small spaces and even in pots. They are also very low care – no green thumb required! Give it a go, there’s nothing better than picking your own. Also, add in a marigold – the flowers petals added to greens makes them much more beautiful (I just love edible flowers).
Kids and greens
What is it with kids and greens? It took 3 years of serving up salads to my kids before they finally started eating them. My son used to pick up the leaves, frown and say ‘don’t like flowers!’ (no matter how many times I corrected him that they were leaves, he maintained they were in fact flowers!) So if greens are off the cards for your kids there are a few things you can do to bring them around.
I will discuss much more tips for dealing with food fussiness in children, very soon. Until then, just don’t give up.
I hope I have encouraged you to consider eating your greens and how simply they can be incorporated into winter meals. Try it this winter. I firmly believe that greens play an integral role in avoiding the typical winter onslaught of illness.
Share how you eat your greens. Any more suggestions for frustrated parents of ‘green phobic’ children? Post your comments below.
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