Is GREEN is your Colour?

Are you having enough Green Food?  For 85% of people, the answer would be no.

Consider your dinner for the last week.  Does your plate usually contain enough green items?  Was there anything green?  If not, from today – think GREEN GREEN GREEN, every time you are about to eat a meal.

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Studies identify green vegetables as a powerhouse of nutrients. No wonder they are an indispensable part of a healthy diet. They build the immune system as they come with heap of nutrients – vitamins and minerals.

The darker – the better. Consuming dark green leafy vegetables may lower your risk for some cancers according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. They are also good sources of fiber, vitamin A, folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, iron and carotenoids, such as lutein and zeaxanthin.

Lutein and zeaxanthin may lower your risk for eye conditions, including cataracts and macular degeneration, since they help filter out damaging types of light, according to an article published in 2009 in “Clinics in Dermatology.”

Another article, published in December 2004 in the “Journal of the American College of Nutrition,” notes that lutein and zeaxanthin may also help prevent strokes, heart disease and breast and lung cancer.

Green vegetables are an excellent source of vitamin C which can blunt the negative impact of air pollution on patients diagnosed with chronic lung problems such as asthma. There is more vitamin C in a Sweet Pepper, than in an orange.

Green vegetables are full of natural fibre. As low-carb foods they satisfy the appetite and help to moderate blood-sugar levels.

You are unlikely to have an allergy to green foods, apart from maybe not liking the taste of some. But if you can find 7 from the green list, and eat them often, you will be going some way towards a wholesome diet.

Whether it is to lower weight or keep dreaded diseases at bay, one can certainly rely on these vegetables.

The list green vegetables that Caribbean Classics uses in many of our dishes follows below. We consider our duty to help look after your health.  Therefore, we add raw spinach to sandwiches, and promote our green drinks to the max.  Our green drinks contain vegetables, as well as fruit.

Our Faves…

Spring Onions
Avocado
Spinach
Sweet Peppers
Cucumber
Lettuce
Thyme
Coriander Leaves
Wheatgrass
Celery
Kiwi Fruit
Callaloo
Kale
Chilli Pepper
Parsley

But below is a comprehensive list of Green items in alphabetical order.

Apples
Artichokes
Asparagus
Avocado
Basil
Beans
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Callaloo
Celery
Chard
Chilli Pepper
Collard Greens
Coriander Leaves
Courgettes
Cucumber
Endives
Grapes
Green Beans
Kale
Kiwi Fruit
Leeks
Lettuce
Moringa
Mustard Greens
Okra
Parsley
Peas
Sea Weed
Spinach
Spring Onion
Sprouts
Sweet Pepper
Swiss Chard
Taro Leaves
Thyme
Watercress
Wheatgrass