Why are greens so important for us!
- Most vegetables consist of mainly water, so not only are they great for your skin and hydration, but they keep you feeling fuller for longer! (….you eat more low calorie greens (as if there are any other kind haha) and you eat less PERIOD!
- Vegetables are densely packed with tons of vitamins, especially fibre and calcium so great for your digestive tract (anti-bloating!) and for your bones and yes girls your teeth!
- Vegetables especially green leafy ones are cortisol reducers and lower your blood pressure as well and for busy stressed out moms this is super important. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone, a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress often leading to craving, sugar crashes, irritation, tiredness and so many bad side effects to include FAT IN THE MIDDLE! Ugh, which is already natural after having children so eat the greens, feel less stress, feel less bloated, feel less hormonal…really you still need more..JUST EAT IT!
- And so If all the above still hasn’t convinced you just think about the fact that we live in countries where most of the population are over-medicated, obese, depressed but living longer (AHH!) and how we fall into these categories are a combination of good habits and bad ones but every habit counts, so teach your children through your actions. Set the bar high and they will aim for it. After all they are your biggest admirer!
Don’t worry our lovely Yummy Mummy Jen has whipped up some lovely tips for ye to make a start at it;
Kid and Mummy Friendly Asparagus
Trim asparagus spears into smaller pieces, fling them in a bowl, drizzle them with olive oil and couple table spoons of good quality honey, toss them to coat them and then spread and tossed them to coat them. Spread out asparagus in a casserole dish and roast for about 15 mins. Sooo yummy!
Try them with a bit of fresh salmon fillets and drizzle fresh lemon juice all over to really get a delicious dinner the family will love.
Get beautiful fresh, green kale, deep in colour but soft (non-curly kale is best for chips).
Cut the kale into chip like portions, making sure to cut either side of the stem. Then spread the kale chips on a sheet of baking paper.
Bake at 150 C/300F for about 10 minutes, make sure they do not burn or over crisp. Then put a little olive oil, sea salt and tiny bit of black coarse pepper in a bowl and toss the kale chips into the bowl to coat them.
Serve and Enjoy!
Handful of fresh Kales
1 lime, peeled always tastier
1-2 pears or apples, (chopped up if you are blending)
5 sprigs of fresh mint leaves
Juice or power blend.
Pour over ice and serve and enjoy!
Jar it and eat it up!
Salads need to be exciting or manageable for us moms to sit there and devour with pure enjoyment so try this lil tip eat your salad from a glass jar. Things that are aesthetically pleasing always catch my eye and there is tons for you to eat either, make it up that morning or the night before, beautiful salad and put it in your lovely mason jar for you to enjoy during the day. Put fruit in your salad, mangos, strawberries, grapes, nuts and seeds and throw fresh romaine lettuce or salad mix, it will look and taste beautiful. Trust me when I say this habit will stick once you start it. Try this lovely dressing for a lil encouragement!
Yummy Mummy Raspberry Dressing
1 1/2 cup fresh raspberries or 5 tsp. of raspberry extract
1 tablespoon raw cane sugar
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoon good quality honey
1 teaspoon of sea salt
Blend and drizzle over that yummy salad!
Enjoy your greens girls and stay yummy!