Need more green in your life? With St. Patrick's Day around the corner, it's the perfect time of year to add a few shades of green to your diet. Green foods have many amazing health benefits, including:
- Powerful antioxidants to help neutralize the body and get rid of toxins.
- Rich in chlorophyll, which acts as a detox agent.
- A natural deodorizer...for bad breath!
- Mineral & nutrient dense -- rich in calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamins B, C, E and K.
- Good for the immune system -- great to ward off sickness.
- Act as alakalizers to keep your body's PH healthy and stable.
Our trainers shared their favorite ways to go green in their diet... Try these foods and recipes!
1.) Simple Green Sauteé
Grab your favorite green veggies and bring out their natural flavors by sautéing them over medium heat with a dash of olive oil and a bit of fresh minced garlic until lightly brown.
Need veg #inspo? Instructor Morgana loves to sauteé up asparagus, while trainer Allie prefers broccoli rabe. As for Andrew, he's all about the brussels. Go extra green & try them all in one pan!
2.) Dark Leafy Green Smoothie
Are you one with your nutri bullet? Add some shade (green of course!) to your smoothie with a hand full of dark leafy greens -- kale, arugula, spinach, you name it! While this is an old trick to the smoothie trade, here's a tip to crisp it up: place your smoothie-designated bag of greens in the freezer to keep them fresh throughout the week. This will also add an extra chill to your cup, meaning less ice, which = more flavor!
Feeling lazy? Go ahead. Take a stop at Juice Generation -- Kayley recommends the Almond Joy Smoothie with added spinach.
3.) E3 Live (Blue Algae!)
*Nedra's Pick! Whether it's a supplement, powder or beauty product, this blue-green algae acts as an instant mood booster and is excellent for everything from improving your focus to boosting your immune system.
Try these recipes to incorporate E3 Live easily into your diet: http://www.e3live.com/s-2-recipes.aspx
4.) Seaweed Salad
The health benefits of seaweed are incredible. Not only is it high in protein (from 20% green algae / 70% spirulina) and mineral content, but it actually contains more vitamin C than an orange (!!!). The natural iodine helps maintain healthy thyroid function. Seaweed also has a variety of anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It's no wonder our trainer Leo loves getting in his fix when he can.
Try this easy 10-minute Seaweed Salad recipe. You may even have some of these ingredients in your pantry already: http://www.food.com/recipe/seaweed-salad-247035
5.) Matcha Green Tea Truffles
Looking for something green to appease that sweet tooth? These Matcha Green Tea Truffles are just what you need. Matcha contains natural calming properties, detoxifies the body, improves metabolic function and increases energy levels and endurance. Instructor Katy approves!
Get the recipe via Good Morning Cali: http://bit.ly/2m2iIH6