Everyone can add more veggies to their diet. Even for people eating a pretty clean diet, it’s important to make sure that you’re not falling back too much on meat, fruit and sweet potatoes. I think we can all agree that vegetables are good for us, but here’s a quick refresher from Mercola.
- Eating vegetables helps replenish your magnesium and vitamin C, which can be depleted by stress.
- Vegetables also provide you with omega-3 fats and B vitamins, proven to help reduce anxiety and depression.
- The vitamin K in veggies helps reduce inflammation in your body, which stress can aggravate.3
- Green leafy vegetables, such as kale, spinach, and Swiss chard, are loaded with magnesium, which helps balance your cortisol, one of your “stress hormones.” Magnesium and potassium relax blood vessels, helping keep your blood pressure low.4
- Magnesium also plays an important role in calcium absorption, helping you maintain good muscle and nerve function and a healthy immune system. Low magnesium levels have been linked with anxiety disorders and migraines, both of which are typically aggravated by stress.5
- Avocados are one of the best stress-busting foods you can eat, replete with potassium, glutathione, healthy fats, and more folate than any other fruit. Folate is extremely important for your brain. Asparagus is also rich in folate.
So how do we get more of them? It’s easy to use up veggies in your blender. Here’s a recipe my kids really like and they’ll drink it at breakfast. It’s easy to get my kids to eat a lot of fruit, but veggies are more difficult outside of dinner. So I add just enough fruit to make it sweet enough for them.
- 3-4 small carrots
- 1/2 bunch kale lightly steamed
- 1 avocado
- 1 small cucumber
- 1 bag of frozen organic strawberries (10-12 oz)
- 1 ripe banana
- Sportea and/or Unsweetened Vanilla Almond or Coconut Milk (enough to almost cover)