Green food and why I should have eaten it more as a kid

Green food and why I should have eaten it more as a kid

When I was a child I hated spinach, cabbage, leek, lettuce and Brussels sprouts the most.* Do you see a resemblance in this row of vegetables?
I didn’t! Until I started this blog about green fruits and vegetables.

Unfortunately my mother was a really bad cook I am sorry to say. Don’t get me wrong, I love(d) my mother dearly. But it wasn’t until my husband started to be the cook in the house that I discovered that food – any food – can taste deliciously. And that I came to the conclusion that not only my mother, but I too am a very bad cook. 🙂

Yet it should have been a big advantage if I had eaten more green vegetables as a kid. For years I suffered from severe bronchitis and one of the major plus points of green food is its ability to dissolve mucus in the lungs!

Spinach = strength

Do you remember Popeye? I always thought the cartoon was a trick from grown-ups to get children to eat more vegetables. As a kid I would never have thought that there was actually truth to the benefits of spinach.

Green food has a lot of chlorophyll, which is beneficial for the plant itself. Thanks to chlorophyll they can absorb the sunlight and thus gather their energy and nutricion. For people it is wondrous as well. Chlorophyll contains a lot of vitamin A, C, E and K. It’s rich in the minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron.

The darker green, the better. Raw is better than cooked. 

The benefits of green food

  • improves blood circulation and purifies your blood – which makes it great in fighting acne;
  • strengthens the immune system;
  • is good for the intestinal flora – it lessens bad breath;
  • gives a lot of energy;
  • works preventively against cancer;
  • dissolves mucus in the lungs in particular;
  • makes you clear headed and works well against depression;
  • improves the functioning of the liver, gallbladder and kidneys;
  • is low in calories – helps losing weight.

Green vegetables

  • Spinach
  • Broccoli (considered as superfood)
  • Green beans
  • Arugula
  • Lettuce
  • Leek
  • Endive
  • Kale (by some specifically advised for the elderly)
  • Nopales (a cactus species)
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Celery
  • Cucumber

Green fruits

  • Avocado (considered as superfood)
  • Green apple (i.e. Granny Smith)
  • Kiwi
  • Green grapes
  • Lime
  • Pistachios (unsalted of course)
green fruit

Green herbs

  • Parsley
  • Watercress
  • Cilantro
  • Mint – peppermint, spearmint
  • Dill
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
green herb

These lists are not complete of course. There are way more green vegetables and herbs. Green fruits as well, but they tend to be green variations of the more known kinds, like green bananas or green mango.

Salads

Raw is better than cooked. Not all vegetables are tasting that good when they are not cooked. Yet some are delicious in salads. For instance cucumber and (my favorite) celery.

This is a great recipe as a side dish:

Mix small cut pieces of celery, cucumber and Granny Smith apple with walnuts and pistachios. Make a dressing of mustard, vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Decorate with some blades of chives.

This tastes marvelous with grilled prawns or Norway lobsters.

Enjoy!

Have a nice meal and stay healthy!

*I read as explanation why most kids hate green vegetables: the taste is more often than not bitter. Where children tend to have a sweet tooth.

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