As a kid, having grandma tell you to eat your greens was an abysmal moment in time. You wanted sweet tarts and pop tarts (anything that tarted, really). Hating green superfood vegetables was more a right of passage as a child than it was a condemnation of health. But now as adults, we understand how beneficial a green superfood can be to our health. Although sometimes we still want sweet tarts. Not the yellow ones, but the rest of them. The yellow ones are really gross.
Every green superfood offers an array of benefits to people. They are filled with antioxidants and minerals and vitamins. Unlike over the counter vitamins, a green superfood offers you the purest forms of the nutrients.
Which Green Superfood Is For You?
There are essentially six main green superfoods I want to discuss, all of which offer amazing health benefits. But the truth is, if you hate the food, you will stop eating it on the daily. Consistently eating and ingesting a green superfood is at the very core, the main reason that people are able to turn their health around. Eating your greens for one week isn’t going to cut it. Life is all about consistency. Health is a lifestyle.
So let’s look at these green superfoods one-by-one. Oh, and remember, some parts are really just subjective as they are my opinion.
This green superfood is by far, my favorite. I love to drink green tea. The ability to drink your green superfood is hugely convenient and means that you are more likely to keep it up. Green tea is available at grocery stores and Starbucks. Make your own, order it to go. You can have it cold or hot. The options with green tea are infinite.
One thing I always suggest is to give up coffee and replace it with green tea. In this way, you automatically start getting your green superfood on the daily.
But green tea is hipster crap, right? I used to think so, but the truth is, it really taste good. I love the version that’s mint infused. I also love the fact that green tea contains the amino acid, L-Theanine. L-Theanine helps calm you as well as increases your focus. So yes, it takes the rough edges off of caffeine’s typically harsh effects. Caffeine tends to dump us as fast as it spikes us. Additionally, the L-Theanine and caffeine mix in the green tea will have you focusing like a champ.
This video really isn’t the healthiest way, but maybe it will inspire you just a touch.
There is this restaurant by my home that has a guacamole maker on site. It’s incredible. The guy walks around with a clay pot and mixes avocados and spices to your liking that results in awesome guacamole. Once that hits the table, I make sure to ruin the amazing health benefits of avocados with chips, salsa, sour cream, tortillas, and maybe beer.
I apologize for the tangent. The point was supposed to be that avocados can be one of a most enjoyable green superfood. Did you know that you can pimp your guacamole out with turmeric (another amazing superfood spice) and even cayenne (perfect for weight loss) and then dip things such as apples in it?
Avocados are some of the healthiest fat in the world (don’t be afraid, you need healthy fats to live). The monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats contained in the avocado are super healthy for your heart. You also get vitamins C and E to boot.
Oh, one other cool note about the avocado. You can use it in a smoothie. I love making chocolate smoothies using avocados as the base. You will get a slightly grassy taste, but overall, it tastes awesome.
Wait, a fruit can be a green superfood? Yes, the avocado we just discussed? Fruit. Green Superfoods aren’t just leafy greens.
Oh, the kiwi fruit is green, so this isn’t so much of a stretch. This fruit has twice as much vitamin C as an orange. The kiwi fruit is an immune system booster like no other. Not to mention, this fruit tastes amazing. Sweet and tangy, not pungent, not overly sweet.
Relax, everyone, calm down. I could almost hear the chorus of “boos” echo about. Everyone at one time loved kale, now we all hate it because we’ve realized what it’s all about. The trendy leafy green really ain’t that great to eat in its raw form. People ruined kale because they misused it. Everyone was buying kale leaves and tossing them on salads and getting lock-jaw from all the vicious chewing. And some were gagging.
But kale is one of the healthiest plants for humans on earth. Certainly, there must be some way to get kale’s overload of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as fiber and carotenoids, without enduring pain and agony. Well, there is. You can bake them into kale chips. But wait, then it isn’t raw and I will die, right? No. Raw is mostly best, but kale, even cooked, still retains a lot of vitamins. In fact, both kale and spinach have been shown to improve their nutritional profiles through specific types of cooking methods.
Here’s an interesting quote from the Washington Post regarding cooked kale.
“Cancer studies seem to show that raw kale is more beneficial than cooked, while cholesterol studies seem to show that steamed kale is more beneficial than raw,” says Harris, who recommends a bit of both in your diet.
Stores such as Whole Foods sell baked kale chips. You can also sautee kale and its great. I toss some garlic cloves and pepper in it. Kale is our friend. Let’s try to be nicer to it.
Popeye the sailorman knew what was up. That man ate canned spinach as if it were going out of style. And seriously, Popeye was as legit as any sailor I’ve ever met. I haven’t met many sailors, I suppose, but I’m sure if I did Popeye would remain the coolest.
Spinach is loaded with iron and fiber and unlike kale, it really does taste great raw or cooked. I prefer to steam or sautee mine, or eat is raw as part of a dinner salad.
I once at a lot of broccoli raw. Like, straight up out of the bag. Let me tell you, I later experienced pain. The only way I take in broccoli now is in powdered forms in shakes, steamed, or juiced. Thing is, I love broccoli. And broccoli is loaded with health benefits. It is dense with both fiber and cancer-fighting phytochemicals. It’s a cruciferous vegetable.
I Love The Idea Of A Daily Green Superfood, But This Sounds Overly Complicated
Shopping at a grocery store and storing raw vegetables and prepping raw vegetables and sometimes cooking raw vegetable sounds complicated? Well, actually, it kind of is. Unless you are Brad Pitt and have a chef that lives with you, it is a lot of work. But in the end, it is worth it for your health. You can never work too hard to achieve great health. That said, this dilemma can also cause many people to just stop eating their green superfood. Due to this, I always suggest you check out our green superfood shake reviews.
Beyond that, take this seriously. Your health really depends on it.