The sun is our primary source of energy. Without the sun, we would perish. We need the big ol’ yellow ball for nourishment, health, warmth, to grow crops, and the list goes on and on. Right now, though, we’re just going to look at green foods.
So, why are green foods so important? Well, they are a phenomenal source of nutrients, including trace minerals, which are hard to maintain through a normal diet.
Grass turns green by utilizing the sun to create nutrients through photosynthesis – which, as you’ll recall from high school biology, is the process where plants take light from the sun and convert it into energy. When you think about it, we don’t just live off of carbohydrates, fats, calories, proteins, etc. We live off the sun. The sun provides sustenance for humans and animals alike. Many animals need to eat grass to live, and then we ingest the animals that eat the grass, hence the power of the sun is limitless! Without sunlight, the plants that we depend on for life would never reach their nutritional potential.
Ever heard of wheatgrass? Well, I’ll guarantee you’ve seen the following scene play out before: People walk into a store that’s selling small samples of what appears to be green goo, they down the sample, and they walk away with disgust written all over their faces. That’s wheatgrass. It’s that weird-smelling, foul-tasting green goo that everyone rants and raves about and has many beneficial properties. Within an hour, ask those people how they feel. You’ll notice most of them will state that they feel “better.” Wheatgrass has benefits ranging from detoxification to cancer treatment. Yes, I said cancer treatment. Why isn’t it currently being used in the U.S. to treat cancer? First, the U.S. government is just plain ignorant and forced a law that abolishes vitamin therapy in hospitals completely. Second, the government would rather make money by pushing chemotherapy and prescription pills.
Below, I’ve listed the top 10 green foods that you should have in your fridge. Put them in shakes, add them to sandwiches or salads. Jazz your foods up! Most people don’t know the benefits of green foods until they try them. I encourage you to do so!
1. Wheatgrass is loaded with proteins, minerals, vitamins, chlorophyll, and antioxidant enzymes.
2. Parsley, whether eaten or juiced, is a great source of chlorophyll and a great breath mint.
3. Cilantro aids the body’s release of bad toxins.
4. Green cabbage has very powerful sulfur contents to support the body in detoxification. It’s also shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
5. Broccoli is rich in fiber, protein, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, and it detoxifies.
6. Asparagus is great in fiber and supports kidney function.
7. Kale is rich in Vitamin C and trace minerals.
8. Deep green lettuce is rich in fiber and is a great source of vitamins and minerals.
9. Spinach contains some of the highest amounts of antioxidants of all green veggies. It’s also rich in protein.
10. Celery is a great source of electrolytes and is a great base for fresh green juice.
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