Imagine if you could eat something that would help your liver, act as a gentle diuretic to purify your blood, cleanse your system, assist in weight reduction; cleanse your skin, eliminate a host of health problems, improve your bowel function, prevent or lower high blood pressure, prevent anaemia, lower your serum cholesterol by as much as half, eliminate acid indigestion and gas build up by cutting the heaviness of fatty foods, and, at the same time, have no negative side effects.
Don’t give sickness the green light to establish itself in your body. Use green foods to alkalise and reduce acidity, because even a slight rise in acidity can turn your body into a breeding ground for illnesses and disease.
Chlorophyll is rich in all green foods. Green foods are the closest component to the human body. If there was a perfect food for the body it would be green food.
Bitter Greens & Dulse Salad
There is only one difference, one molecule difference, in blood it’s haemoglobin, it’s iron, and in green foods it’s chlorophyll and as you know chlorophyll delivers oxygen to the plant so I love to equate that to anything green is like having the life blood of the plant.
Knowing now, haemoglobin red blood cells, and green foods chlorophyll are virtually the same, makes it the most perfect food for the human body. It works on the blood. It helps us create healthy vibrant blood cells which then give us vibrant health and a disease free body.
If the foods you eat are acidic they settle as acidic ash in the blood. If you eat Mother Nature’s food it is alkaline food which is the way nature intended us to eat ‘unprocessed’. Alkaline foods deliver good health and a natural slim body. What makes the food alkaline is enzymes, it’s like an electrical charge in the food.
All our bodies work on a very subtle electrical current and there are two ways in which we charge our body up. We get energy from the sun and through the power of alkaline foods which are all the foods on this planet that are natural. Acidic foods have no energy as they have in some way been treated. Anything that will last in your refrigerator or cupboard for more than a week is generally acidic. Green food is one of the most alkaline foods you can put in your body because it is loaded with enzymes. (check out my blog on my website and learn all about enzymes)
I use bitter greens at least 3 times a day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. This food also tastes good in salads, teas, and soups and thankfully you have nature on your side, providing these miracle plants in abundance during each season.
Dark and leafy greens; Here are some great examples, broccoli, and kale, watercress and parsley, coriander, rocket and a plethora of others are powerhouses of chlorophyll. In addition to being vitamin-rich (like most greens), bitter greens are exceptionally beneficial for digestion.
Vegetables, beans, wholegrains and fruits have the best ratio of nutrients to calories. These are the diamonds, platinum and gold of your diet. They give you the most nutritional value per calorie, hence why they have the highest nutrient density scores. Raw leafy greens and gently steamed greens are the top of my list, solid green vegetables second, non-green, non-starchy vegetables third and starchy vegetables fourth.
The typical western diet is calorie rich and nutrient poor. By contrast, refined grains and many oils to name but a few fatten you up while cheating you of the nutrients their wholefood counterparts contain. You wind up tired, deficient, and plagued by chronic health problems.
Here are the top health benefits of eating energised bitter greens:
They’re a nutritional powerhouse.
Bitter greens are packed with vitamins A, C and K, and minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium. Filled with folate and fibre, and low in fat and sodium, these greens are a nutritional powerhouse! They promote great skin (beta-carotene), a strong nervous system (folate), healthy blood clotting (vitamin K) and contain phytonutrients shown to support eye health.
They’re digestive magic.
Eating bitter food activates taste buds that simultaneously stimulate enzyme production and bile flow, which promotes digestion. The better your food is digested, the more nutrients you’ll absorb from your food. It doesn’t matter what you eat, if you can’t absorb it, it won’t be of much benefit to you. The high fibre content in bitter greens also helps to eliminate waste through the digestive tract.
Bitter greens also promote natural detoxification of the liver, which regulates cholesterol, balances hormones, detoxifies the blood, and metabolizes fats. We need to eat more bitter greens to digest fats in a more efficient manner.
They’ll balance your taste buds and reduce cravings.
Unfortunately, a western diet primarily consists of sweet and salty tastes, and is lacking in others. It is to our benefit to eat foods that activate all of our taste buds and start with incorporating some seriously healthy bitter greens! It’s also been suggested that consuming bitter greens daily may also reduce food cravings and aid in weight loss!
Greens will keep in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days, but it’s best to use them as soon as possible. To prepare greens for cooking, wash or “bathe” greens in a sink full of water and then remove any hard stems or stalks.
Steaming greens reduces bitterness, enhances digestibility, and even releases nutrients for easy absorption. The more alkalising foods you eat, the less sugar you will crave. Easy!
Remember – all things Green are sooo good for you! Add More Parsley and Coriander (Cilantro) To Your Diet
Parsley and coriander are also very powerful natural green plant foods for detoxing heavy metals out of your body due to their chlorophyll content.
There’s nothing more cleansing and detoxifying than chlorophyll. And people who follow Western diets (high in processed foods and animal foods) are in desperate need of cleansing and detoxifying. Here are a few of my favourite green dishes to get you started.
Phytochemicals & Antioxidants in Parsley Juice
Parsley is one of the highest sources of life-giving chlorophyll, which acts like iron to oxidize the blood. It is a cleanser of the kidneys, liver, and urinary tract. Parsley is effective for upset stomachs by stimulating digestive enzymes, and is excellent for the colon by encouraging the peristaltic wave in the intestines. Parsley has long been used as a nerve stimulant and, although there may not be any studies to support their claim, avid juicers the world over call this green juice an “energy drink,” testifying that adding a generous supply of parsley to their vegetable juice enhances workouts.
Green Pesto Recipe:
• 1 cup fresh coriander
• 1 cup fresh parsley
• 2/3 cup cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
• 4 cloves garlic
• 1/3 cup Brazil nuts
• 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
• 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
• 4 tablespoons lemon juice
• 1/4 tsp of sea salt
Process the parsley, coriander and olive oil in a blender until chopped. I use a Bamix hand mixer with a small grinder attachment to do this. Add the garlic, nuts, and seeds, salt and lemon juice and mix until the mixture is finely blended into a paste. Delicious stirred through Hot Udon Noodles. Store in a glass jar in the fridge if not using immediately, or freeze for using later in the week. Serve with an extra drizzle of olive oil if desired and sprinkle with gomashio.
(Gomashio is a Sea Salt/Sesame Seed Condiment)
Watercress with Parsley
Watercress is packed full of vitamins and nutrients and is a perfect bitter side dish. This is also an excellent dish for your weight-loss programme.
3 bunches watercress, chopped
½ cup parsley, finely chopped
¼ teaspoon tamari
Eat as is or slightly steam for just a minute or two and drizzle with tamari.
Remember as we age the liver tightens so eat lots of greens to help relax our overworked liver.
There are over 200 delicious recipes in my book ‘Macrobiotics for all Seasons’ available world wide on amazon.