Recipe: The Power of Greens

Jody Grimm

Jody Grimm › Jody is a health counselor and the founder of Jo Jo's Raw Kitchen, a raw chocolate ...

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Congestion? Check. Joint pain? Check. Difficulty sleeping? More or less… check. Irritability? Definitely check.

Check, check, check, check, check.

The questionnaire is familiar, no? Perhaps the answers are as well. Regularly reported to doctors, massage therapists, chiropractors, and psychiatrists, these are classic symptoms that aggravate us, slow us down, take the hop from our summer step. This frustration often leads us into arms, or at least into offices, of medical specialists. The visits, much of the time, are unnecessary. No matter the symptom, discomfort is simply a sign of imbalance, a message from the body that there is not enough of the good stuff and too much of the bad.

What to do? Start adding more good, start eating more green.

This is not a plug for a raw, or even purely vegetarian diet, but rather an invitation to add nutritious foods to your life and feel empowered to heal yourself. Renowned doctor, Mark Hyman, puts it this way, “Disease goes away as a side effect of getting healthy. You don’t have to treat the symptoms. Simply treat the cause and symptoms vanish.”  The cause is imbalance, a lack of nutrients, of vitamins and minerals, an excess of chemicals and artificial compounds. The key then is to find foods that will immediately start tipping the scale in the right direction.

Dark leafy greens are the food most missing in American diets and are, coincidentally, the most essential. Greens such as kale, Swiss chard, and watercress are packed with calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, and vitamins A, C, E and K. High in fiber, folic acid, and chlorophyll, dark greens have a medicinal power we have only begun to understand. Benefits of a diet packed with greens include blood purification, cleared congestion, improved circulation and organ function, elimination of depression and prevention of cancer. A regular intake of greens leaves no room for imbalance or its associated aches and pains and instead creates opportunity for wellness.

Now let’s get practical. What defines a “regular intake” of greens?” It’s not the spinach on your egg sandwich or the parsley on your salmon, that’s for sure.  Rather it’s a morning smoothie laced with kale, a daily salad that overflows its bowl. The secret is to no longer think of greens as a side but as a main dish. Start with small changes and don’t be discouraged. As you might imagine, it takes time to train taste buds to love kale as much as cookie dough. Before long though, previous habits will be trumped by a craving for energy, for aliveness.

Enjoy the following recipe for a basic kale salad and stay tuned for more thoughts on the power of real food.

(Serves 1)
Basic Kale Salad

3 stalks of kale

Handful of another green of your choice (i.e. arugula, romaine, spinach)

1 avocado, cubed

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes

1/4 red onion

1/4 red pepper

Cilantro

Raw cheese, grated or cubed (optional)

1 lime

1 Tbsp. olive oil

Sea salt

Fresh ground pepper

Method

Chop the first 8 ingredients and add to a large mixing bowl. Dress the salad with the juice of a full lime and olive oil. Add sea salt and pepper to taste. This salad should take you up to 20 minutes to finish.

Now that’s a satisfying meal!

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