If you are anything like me, you ask the same question several times a day: “What should I eat?” If you have children, then a second recurring question arises: “What should I feed my kids?” These seem like simple questions, but the way we answer them has a greater effect on our present and future health than any other factor. Perhaps it’s the vast amount of dietary choices we are confronted with every day that creates the confusion. It can feel like we’re drowning in a sea of information about what to eat. Every nutrition expert has a different opinion, everybody with an opinion is an expert, and all the information is backed by science. Sound familiar?
Let’s dig deeper. Everybody has heard that “you are what you eat.” While this saying is common enough to appear mundane, it is actually one of the deepest truths of Nature. We know beyond a doubt that our bodies are built from what goes into our mouths. Therefore, “what I should eat,” and “what I should feed my kids,” is the food that will make our bodies the healthiest. So is there one food that stands above all the rest in creating a healthy body? The answer is YES. And here is where all the experts (including Popeye) agree: GREENS ARE SUPREME!
Why are greens so good?
Greens, such as kale, spinach, chard, bok choy, and countless others, are packed full of more health promoting micronutrients than any other foods. Micronutrients are the essential ingredients our bodies need to grow and be healthy and greens contain thousands of synergistic combinations.
Here’s a bonus: Greens are cheap! A single bunch of kale, with enough micronutrients to power you through an entire day, costs less than a 12 oz latte.
Greens are easy to grow. I planted some kale and mustard greens last fall, ignored them through the winter, then harvested a whole bed full of healthy greens this spring. Woo hoo!
Greens are easy to prepare. Simply place in mouth and chew… or steam or saute or bake or…
Here’s the best part: Greens are tasty! My kids love them. They eat raw kale like it’s going out of style; they’ll devour spinach wherever they find it; stir-fried bok choy is cause for celebration; and a green smoothie is always soothing.
Now that I know what I’m going to eat today, it’s your turn to decide. ;)
(Want a recipe for homemade Kale Chips? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)