We all are aware of the fact that leafy greens are essential for a healthy body. They are regarded as of the healthiest foods out there thanks to the chlorophyll content, water content and fibre. Leafy greens are the quickest ones to cook and digest taste great too! Here is a list f the top 10 healthiest leafy greens you should frequently consume:
Since Vitamin C is not naturally present in the body, we need to consume it in sufficient amounts through food. The high amount of Vitamin C in parsley and its seeds nourishes the skin from within to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and scars. The volatile oils, eugenol particularly, present in parsley provides antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which is useful for treating acne, pimples, skin infection and to disinfect pores.it also contains minerals like calcium, potassium, manganese, copper and zinc which are essential for maintaining healthy skin and body. More: Benefits and uses of parsley and its seeds >>
Broccoli is a great zero/low calorie food and is also rich in fibre. It is also contains vitamin C proportional to that present in oranges. Have it stir fried or steamed, add it in salads or cook them with little masala and onions. More: Clean eating grocery list >>
- COLLARD GREENS
Collard greens is a ‘cabbage-like’ flavoured leafy vegetable. It is rich in water content, low in calories and high in fibre. This leafy vegetable is rich in phyto-nutrients that have anti-cancer properties. It is also rich in vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin E.
lettuce ranks the top in hydrating veggies, rather hydrating foods, thanks to its 96% water content. Though, the sad part is that it is not rich in nutrition, but you should have it because it is high in water content and loaded with fibre. It goes very well with chicken- in burgers, salads etc. and also with other veggies. More: Foods abundant in water content >>
A zero fat, low-calorie, and high fibre laden vegetable, it is one of the most powerful ways to keep your colon and liver detoxified and cleansed. Menopausal women quite often experience an imbalance of magnesium due to the ever-changing hormonal levels. Kale is loaded plentifully with magnesium and foliate, making it an ideal menopause food. More: Kale benefits >>
A single 1-cup serving of fresh spinach has only 28 calories. Being high in potassium and low in sodium, spinach helps lower high blood pressure. Plus, antioxidants and special peptides found in spinach are beneficial in this regard. Spinach juice also contains essential minerals, providing a rich source of manganese. More: Spinach benefits >>
- FENUGREEK (METHI)
Methi or fenugreek has tremendous health and beauty benefits. It is rich in saponins and fibre that helps reduce body fat and accelerates bowel movement. Regular consumption of methi regulates cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Cabbage is a good source of vitamin C, potassium, vitamins and minerals. Moreover, what makes it a great fat burning veggie is its great water and fibre content. Also, cabbage is low in calories and has the least fat content as compared to any other veggie. More: Veggies to get rid of belly fat >>
- RED LEAFY VEGETABLE (POKLA)
Red leafy veggie or polka (as called in India) is rich in anti-oxidants and fibre. It is also said to purify blood and keep skin problems like acne, blemishes, pigmentation etc. at bay. Not only is it very healthy but also tastes great!
Leeks contain flavonoid anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins. They are low in calories and have good amounts of both soluble and insoluble fibre. Minerals present in leeks include potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, zinc etc.