Monday, January 24, 2011
Getting the most out of your green veggies??
We all know that leafy green veggies are nutritional powerhouses, loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber. But many people don't know that they might not be absorbing all of the vitamins and minerals, therefore not realizing the full health benefits of the veggies. This is because many green veggies are packed with fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E & K. These vitamins require the presence of some sort of fat to be properly absorbed. I prefer to use a drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), some avocado slices, or a healthy salad dressing (I prefer those with all natural ingredients). Another option is adding a small serving of heart healthy almonds, cashews or walnuts to achieve the necessary intake of fat, but watch the portion size (10 almonds contain about 70 calories). So next time you are sauteing your spinach or assembling your salad, make sure to add some "good fat" to get all the health benefits of those greens.