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No foods are more nutrient-rich than leafy green vegetables and solid green vegetables. They are brimming with vitamins and minerals that keep our brain functioning optimally and our nervous system humming harmoniously.
For anyone with symptoms of a mental disorder, eating greens is physically, mentally and emotionally wise.
Kale, for instance, is one of the healthiest veggies existing. It is part of the Brassica family, which includes other nutrient powerhouses such as collards, broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. These cruciferous vegetables are full of the antioxidants that help us maintain good health.
One cup of chopped kale provides:
Swiss chard, a popular Mediterranean green, belongs to the chenopod (goosefoot) family, which includes beets, spinach and quinoa. Swiss chard is sometimes called Roman kale, silver beet or strawberry spinach. It is best to eat it during the summer months – June through November.
One cup of cooked Swiss chard provides:
Avoid these vitamin K rich greens if you are prone to kidney stones or on an anticoagulant. Vitamin K blocks the absorption of calcium, so you will not want to eat these greens and dairy recipes together.
June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. Explore your local fresh produce markets, and enjoy the summer’s bounty.
Photo of spinach by John Nyboer
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