Tuesday, April 5, 2011

It Ain't Easy Being Green

Maybe you remember that adorable song sung by Kermit the frog. It came to mind today while I was talking to a client about the fact that when we “go off the wagon” of healthy eating, the first thing to go is vegetables, and more specifically green vegetables. Why is that? Is it because it’s rare to find kale served at the local fast food restaurant, or because there’s no such thing as spinach ice cream?

What we don’t always realize is that if we are eating our broccoli and baby greens on a regular basis, then we are less likely to crave the foods we should be eating very little of, like sweets, processed and refined carbohydrates, and salty fast food. And if there’s one food category that can dramatically improve our health, it’s green vegetables.

And despite what Kermit says, it is easy to make green part of your everyday. Add a green to your eggs, soup, salad, or wrap. Whatever you’re eating, “greening” it will add very few calories. Yet the fiber and nutrients that they provide will create a ripple effect that will make your cells happy and make it less likely that you’ll wind up with a bucket of fried chicken for lunch. Try it, it’s easy!

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