A fast and easy way to get your greens: down ‘em in juice form. Our go-to pick when we’re flying from point A to point B: a freshly-squeezed blend of kale, apple, pineapple, and chia seeds at Jamba Juice (190 calories for 12 ounces). The gluten- and dairy-free drink is 100% juice and a good source of vitamins A, B6, C, and K.
You don't have to be Popeye to know that spinach is seriously good for you. It's your go-to green food for upping your intake of vitamin K, and if you want to double down on iron, then spinach has nearly two times as much as mostly every other green. You may not be trying to beat the bad guys and get Olive to fall for you, but eating spinach will boost your energy levels and ready you for whatever challenge awaits.
This food gets a bad wrap. It's not just a veggie that should be rolled out with the Thanksgiving turkey. No sir, Brussels sprouts are a super source of fiber. They might also improve your performance in the bedroom, as they contain indole-3-carbinol, which has been known to give men a little leaning to do a little more loving. Also, if you're into tasty Paleo recipes, then simple roasted Brussels sprouts is the dish for you.11 Healthiest Frozen Fruits and Vegetables>>> Simple Roasted Brussels Sproutsindole-3-carbinol
If you like eating broccoli, then you are really, really set. It's a low-calorie vegetable; it's got folate, which is good for you if want to have little yous running around some day; and it contains sulforaphane, which is a serious weapon in the fight against cancer. No excuses, guys, get it on your grocery list.Fit Food: The Benefits of Broccoli>>>> Fit Food: The Benefits of BroccoliFit Food: The Benefits of Broccolisulforaphane
We've called artichokes a superfood, and not for sh— and giggles. After a long winter (and boy, for some us it has been a long winter) the appearance of artichokes is a reminder that it's time to spring-clean your diet. And artichokes can help you do just that. They're low in calories, a treasure trove of vitamin C, full of fiber, and help regulate blood pressure. Your honor, we rest our case.regulate high blood pressure
Okay, we know asparagus may play a role in making your pee smell funky, but there is a lot more to this vegetable than that. Eat this thing, folks. Why? Because if you're interested in looking ripped, then it's one of the best vegetables for preventing fluid retention. It's also full of copper and glutathione, so take advantage of asparagus this spring and eat as much of this as you'd like.The 20 Fittest Foods>>>
While cucumbers don’t get as much disease-fighting attention as broccoli or kale, the Greek salad staple contains compounds that may fight cancer and inflammation. Cucumbers are also pretty darn close to being calorie-free—a cup sets you back only 16 calories. What’s more, they’re made up of more than 95% water, so they’re a smart pick during the summer months—or if your Saint Patrick’s Day plans include a pit stop at your favorite watering hole.
Another food that’ll never make you fat, celery also weighs in around 16 calories per cup. And after all that chewing, your body may end up using more than 16 calories to digest the stuff. For a crunchy, low-carb snack, pair 1 cup celery sticks with 2 tablespoons almond butter (218 calories, 9 grams carbs).Healthy Snacks with 10 Grams of Carbs or Less>>>
9) Matcha or Green Tea
For a lightly caffeinated kick of energy (plus a metabolism boost), try matcha, a green tea powder that’s mixed with hot water or steamed milk to form a frothy drink. Or go the old-school route and steep a cup of green tea. Either way, you’ll be sipping some quality EGCG, a plant compound that’s been linked to weight loss and cancer prevention.10 Foods You Need to Eat in 2014>>>
While avocado may not be as close to calorie-free as the other green foods on this list, its calories come from healthy monounsaturated fat and omega-3 fatty acids, which help the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins, like A, D, and E. (One-quarter of avocado has about 80 calories and 7 grams of fat). We’re all about game-day guac, but we also hear avocado makes one heck of a trendy toast topper.
It just might be the superfood of the century—and for good reason. Kale packs a punch of vitamins A and C, calcium, and cancer-fighting phytonutrients. It's also high in carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which have been proven to prevent macular degeneration. Our favorite ways to fill up on the leafy green: mixing a killer kale salad or baking 20-minute kale chips.