Getting More Greens Into Your Diet

by Barb Perruccio & Britt Glassburn 10/06/2019

You know that you don’t get enough nutrients and that the best place to get what you need lies in those beautiful dark leafy greens. But you’re just not satisfied with a constant diet of salad, and smoothies just aren’t your thing. So, what to do?

Experts say you need between a half and a full cup of dark, leafy greens every day for their health benefits and to detoxify your system, and your brain needs those nutrients to protect it from cognitive decline. Leafy green vegetables come packed with minerals and vitamins. They’re low in caloric content too so you can eat as much as you like.

Adding greens

-Make a “lite” pizza on a thin crust and add basil, arugula, or spinach with feta.

- Sautee spinach and garlic in olive oil and add a dash of red pepper to give it some zing.• Toss a handful of spinach into vegetable soup or throw some basil into your Thai curry.

- Jazz up some slaw with Brussels sprouts and chopped kale.

- Make a taco salad and add in arugula, cilantro, and romaine with plenty of diced avocado.

- Scramble some eggs and throw in spinach or arugula and some cherry tomatoes for color.

- Or make a spinach omelet.

- Add spinach or chopped kale to a quiche and bake until golden brown.

- Bake up a batch of kale chips.

No matter how you add it, increasing your greens will bring you more benefits than just drinking powdered greens. You’ll increase your fiber content which is excellent for your colon health and your blood vessels. Greens improve blood pressure, help reduce obesity, and You’ll increase your fluid intake because greens hold quite a bit of water. Greens add folate, a B vitamin that works in our bodies to switch on and off parts of our genes (called epigenetics), and to synthesize amino acid productions. 

Not only are the low in calories, but they also burn fat because they contain nitrites, which research associates with converting the fat-storing white fat cells into the fat-burning brown ones. Also, they are anti-aging with their high concentrations of Vitamin K, beta-carotene, and lutein.

Best of all, dark leafy greens fight diabetes. The magnesium, ALA Omega-3 fatty acid, and polyphenols that you find within greens help manage the glycemic load and improve insulin sensitivity that help your body respond appropriately to insulin.

Greens are easy to grow in your garden too. Stop at your local nursery and pick up a few pots of greens for your patio garden or window sill and start enjoying their health benefits today.

About the Author
Author

Barb Perruccio & Britt Glassburn

BARB PERRUCCIO / MANAGING BROKER

I have been a Wash Park resident and investor for 20 years and a dedicated real estate professional for the past 14 years. I have a degree from Arizona State University from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Graphic Communications in Printing Technologies. I worked in Sales in the Advertising and Marketing industry in Manhattan for 12 years, San Francisco for 2 years and chose to settle in Denver to raise a family. I now have 3 beautiful children and enjoy living and working in Wash Park!

As a Realtor in Colorado, I have leveraged my sales and Sr. Management skills to ensure each and every transaction runs smoothly. As a Certified Negotiation Expert (TM) in real estate and with over 33 years of sales and marketing experience, I am a strong negotiator and will negotiate diligently on your behalf.

Whether you are planning to buy, sell, build or invest in real estate, I have the knowledge to guide you through the process smoothly and take great care in providing the best and most professional service!  My goal is to build strong relationships in our community one person at a time.

BRITT GLASSBURN / BROKER ASSOCIATE

I have lived in the Denver Metro Area on and off since 1977 and have been investing in the Denver Home Market since 1993. This included doing fix and flips and owning rental properties. I have a degree from the University of Colorado in International Affairs. I have worked extensively in the Sales, Account and Project Management industry and enjoy helping people through the real estate transaction process. In 2014 I decided to obtain my real estate license and work as a full time broker associate. I am a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and Certified Residential Specialist. My goal is to assist you throughout the home selling and buying process as I have the necessary knowledge to provide you with the necessary information when purchasing a home! We are here to make the transaction as smooth as possible!