Getting more greens

We all need more greens, even if we get the recommended daily intake, we still need more greens – maybe it’s all the other colours we consume, the caramels, the chocolates… But having another cup of steamed broccoli just isn’s as appealing as the nutritionists thinks – what is appealing however is keeping these two superfoods in the fridge & adding them to every meal – literally every meal, they go with everything. If you didn’t grow up with alfalfa on your sandwiches then this one might be a newly, but it’s simple & discreet. Toss it through a salad, have it on a salad with a slice of ham or tuna. Introducing Alfalfa and Watercress. They’re cheap, easy to grow at home and pack a nutritional punch.

One of the features of alfalfa is that it germinates in only 7 days, and can be grown year round. Alfalfa sprouts contain a myriad of vitamins and minerals, calcium, folate, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium and zinc. The vitamin content includes A, B complex, even hard to come-by B12, C, E & K. An added benefit of Alfalfa sprouts is that if placed in indirect sun for a couple of days before harvesting, they produce chlorophyll, supporting blood-healing.

Your other new best friend is a little trickier to incorporate into meals, it’s a bit bigger – longer stems, more flavour – but it’s delicious  and contains so many vitamins that you’ll be shocked you hadn’t stumbled upon it sooner

Watercress: Benefits of Watercress are often overlooked but like alfalfa it is a superfood that is readily available all year round. The Vitamin content in watercress is outstanding, Vitamin K is by far the most prominent nutrient in watercress, with 312% of the daily recommended value. It forms and strengthens the bones and limits neuronal damage in the brain, which is helpful in treating Alzheimer’s disease. There’s also vitamin C, with 72% of the daily value, closely followed by vitamin A with 64%. As well as supporting the immune system, Vitamin C provides helps to maintain healthy connective tissue, and prevent iron deficiency. Vitamin A, also known as retinol, supports the pigments in the retina of the eye to help prevent night blindness.

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