How to get the healthiest bang for your buck

How to get the healthiest bang for your buck

Overall health and risk of degenerative disease are inseparably linked to dietary practice. We treat these diseases with medication, which has side effects. We suppress symptoms and don't get to the root cause of the problem. But as Hippocrates, the father of medicine and healing said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."

All the medicine you need is right in front of you, abundant and ready when you are. The foods that can keep us in good health are ones we often ignore: greens. Eating greens is like getting the benefits of prescription medicine without side effects — except for super health.

We need vegetables of all colors, but we especially need dark green leafy vegetables. Greens contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. They help detoxify your blood and can help prevent cancer and other diseases. Greens are important for good liver function and help build healthy intestinal flora. They actually create an environment in which bad bacteria and diseases cannot thrive.

The best greens are broccoli, kale, spinach, cabbages, mustard greens, arugula, Swiss chard and beet greens. But any kind of dark leafy green is good. If you like lettuce, stick with the dark green, red or purple kinds!

You need to eat greens with every meal, so here's how you can get them in:

  • Add spinach or spring mix to your breakfast smoothie and you won't even know it's there.
  • Get adventurous and make green smoothies with kale and spinach!
  • If you eat scrambled eggs, serve them on a bed of greens, or make a spinach omelet.
  • At lunch you can add greens to your sandwiches and wraps, or add a handful to your soup.

For additional resources, view these healthy recipes and enjoy!


Written by Belinda Ossip, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here

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Belinda Ossip

Belinda Ossip

Belinda Ossip, Holistic Health Practitioner for JF&CS' Health Power Initiative, is part of team that works with individuals who receive services related to intellectual and developmental disabilities. She recently received a certificate in plant-based nutrition from eCornell, a subsidiary of Cornell University. The program is based on Cornell Professor T. Colin Campbell's "The China Study," which is recognized by many as the most comprehensive nutritional study ever conducted on the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.