The amount of calcium in beet tops is 7 times higher than the root and the vitamin A is 192 times higher in the tops than the root. So why don’t we make greens the main portion of our meals? It’s been suggested that the reason we don’t crave greens is because we’ve been raised eating things that stimulate us like chocolate or fried foods.
We all know that in order to have a healthy body, we must give our bodies the nutrient-rich foods they need. So maybe if we try to educate ourselves a bit more with plant foods, we would add more varieties of fresh, vegetarian foods to our diets. In the book, Eat to Live, Dr. Joel Fuhrman wrote, “Even physicians and dietitians…are surprised to learn that…when you eat large quantities of green vegetables, you receive a considerable amount of protein.”
This brings us to the idea of healthy bowel management. I know that most people would prefer to skip over this section, but the truth of the matter is that, according to Dr. Bernard Jensen, D.C., PhD., “poor bowel management lies at the root of most people’s health problems.”
Fiber is our friend! Most of the toxins in our bodies end up in the colon, daily; and fiber helps aid elimination, thus flushing those toxins out of the body. Fiber is broken down into two main categories: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is found in fruits, beans, peas, oat bran and chia seeds. Insoluble fiber can be found in greens, nuts, seeds, beans and the skins of grains. Both types of fiber are neccessary in absorbing the toxins and escorting them out of the body via elimination.
So eat your greens and cleanse your body. You don’t need to shock your body with 50-70 grams of fiber overnight. But try to add more leafy greens to your diet. Green smoothies are a simple way to ease into a gradual diet change. Here’s one recipe that combines some of my favorites, but the combinations you can use are endless:
- 1 stalk of celery
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1 banana
- 2 cups water
Simply toss all ingredients into a blender (you may need to chop the celery in a food processor first)and there you have it, instant protein!