Monday, February 21, 2011

Rotating Your Greens

I just learned that it is important to rotate the greens you are using, not only in your salads, but in your smoothies as well. When we eat the same greens all the time (like I was used to only lettuce and spinach), your body will get the same nutrients and more importantly, each different green has certain amount of alkaloids built in, that when eaten at too high of quantities, acts like a poison.

This makes so much sense to me. No wonder that animals grazing are always moving around to different plants...they know that they can not eat too much of one type of green. Our bodies are the same way. I believe this is God's way of allowing the greens to replenish. If a certain type of greens were consumed depleted, they wouldn't be able to regenerate.

If you are like me, and just used to putting spinach in your smoothie, here are a few other greens to try. Some are certainly stronger than others, but usually taste fine when mixed with fruit and a little stevia. Here are some other greens to try!


Collard Greens

Swiss Chard

Mustard Greens

Sunflower Sprouts

Dandelion Greens


  1. I have a drink that I love and it gives me a good dose of green!I called it the green smoothie, until I found out there's a "Green Smoothie Girl" :)

    Cody's Green Machine:
    1 1/2 C almond milk
    1/2 C coconut water
    2 leaves lacinto (dark green) kale or swiss chard, coarsley chopped
    1/4 avocado
    1/2 C mango chunks
    1/2 C ice
    Blend all together!

    Leanna, I love all the recipes and info. You ROCK!

  2. Our favorite green is kale (any variety) followed closely by dandelion (we use to harvest it from our yard in CT.) and chard. In New England dandelion is something completly normal for spring eating, but mostly used as a spring tea to clean out and wake up the system.
    Thanks for the reminder, we'd eat kale everyday if we could! And here it is easier to get stuck in a favorite rut when you can grow it year around!! :)