Top 3 Reasons to Rotate Your Greens

Top 3 Reasons to Rotate Your Greens

Congratulations! You’ve got your NutriBlast routine down. Kale, spinach, with banana, some chia seeds and a splash of almond milk. That’s it, right?

Of course not! Obviously there’s a lot more to NutriBlasts than just one simple Blast (we’ve got a whole book written on it!), but the first thing you should do is mix up your greens. Venturing out can seem time-consuming, but it’s quite fun and very beneficial:

1.) Different Greens Have Different Tastes

The same old foods day in and day out become monotonous and boring. There are literally thousands of species of edible plants. Although all of these may not be available to us, we have the luxury of tasting varieties other than spinach and iceberg lettuce. New Blasters are best to start out with mild tasting greens like spinach, Romaine or red leaf lettuce, parsley, sweet dinosaur kale or Swiss Chard and ramp up to more bitter or spicy leafies like collards, bok choy, arugula, mustard greens, and the detoxifying dandelion greens. As David Wolfe would say, “The more bitter the better!” The darker and more bitter the green, the more benefits it contains! When was the last time you tried a green other than kale? You may be missing out on a wealth of additional phytonutrients.

2.) Different Colors Have Different Nutritional Elements

Even though we call them “leafy greens,” there are actually several other colors within the leaves. For example, Swiss chard is a beautiful sight; it comes in a variety of colors including red, orange, yellow and white. Beet greens retain that stunning red/purple color up throughout the stems and leaves. And have you ever noticed the “blue” in Lacinito Kale (also known as Tuscan kale or dinosaur kale because it looks and feels like the skin of a dinosaur)? Purple or red cabbage contains anti-inflammatory anthocyanins and, an interesting side note: it can be used as a pH indicator, turning red in acid solutions and blue in basic. From the red tips of leaf lettuce to the white of bok choy and cauliflower, leafy “greens” have a whole new meaning.

Not only pertinent to leafy greens, eating the rainbow should always be on top of your mind. Here’s why:

Red – Lyopene, anthocyanins and other phytonutrients found in red fruits and veggies promote heart health, may help fight cancer, and improve memory function.

White/Tan – Contrary to popular belief, white foods aren’t so useless after all! These foods have been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers, balance hormone levels, lower blood pressure, and boost your body’s natural immunity with nutrients such as EGCG and allicin.

Green – Chlorophyll-rich detoxification properties are the most noted value in leafy greens. In addition, luteins, zeaxanthin, along with indoles, help boost greens’ cancer-fighting properties, encourage vision health, and help build strong bones and teeth.

Blue/Purple – Phytochemicals anthocyanin and resveratrol promote youthful skin, hair and nails. In addition, these anti-inflammatory compounds may also play a role in cancer-prevention and urinary and digestive tract health.

Orange/Yellow – Foods glowing with orange and yellow are great immune-boosters and vision protectors, mainly due to their high levels of carotenoids.

3.) Balance and Diversity

Leafy greens contain small amounts of alkaloids and other phytotoxins such as oxalates, goitrogens, arsenic, and opium in order to “warn” the unwelcomed grazers in the fields to move on to another plant family before eating it all. Some believe that over time, these alkaloids can build up in the human body and lead to negative side effects including nausea, vomiting, headache, rapid heartbeat, increased blood pressure, depression, or anxiety. Sounds like a scare tactic, doesn’t it?

Luckily, the tiny amount of alkaloids in leafy greens is safe when consumed in normal healthy quantities – such as the 2-6 cups a day used in your NutriBlast or salads. But for those that are even the slightest bit concerned by alkaloids, this is where the importance of rotation comes in! By rotating your greens, you prevent any chance of alkaloid build-up and you expose yourself to a variety of nutrients found in these wonderful foods. Plus, each leafy green provides different phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, micro- and macronutrients and antioxidants. Your body needs these to perform at its best. Some alkaloids found in nature have been shown to provide health-promoting properties, like the ability to boost immunity, promote heart and muscle-calming effects, house anti-asthma therapeutic properties, and help lower elevated blood sugar.

So instead of worrying about a particular substance in isolation from the rest, think about the wealth of options, nutrients, and flavors that you have at your fingertips.

A healthy body, when given whole foods and essential nutrients, does an excellent job at processing the nutrients you consume, eliminating substances it finds useless, and protecting itself against harmful invaders.

So, unless you suffer from a condition that warrants elimination of certain leafy green veggies, I encourage you to try the following, stress free!

  • Kale (various types)
  • Spinach
  • Collard Greens
  • Swiss Chard
  • Arugula
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Parsley
  • Turnip Greens
  • Beet Greens
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Cilantro
  • Cabbage
  • Lambsquarters
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Mustard Greens
  • Watercress
  • Sprouts (broccoli, alfalfa, radish, sunflower)
  • Escarole
  • Radicchio
  • Endive
  • Celery
  • Asparagus
  • Clover
  • Basil
  • Fennel
  • Mint

What’s your favorite leafy green?

Happy NutriBlasting!

Registered Dietitian


Comments
Comment by dennispro6
November 22, 2016
I'm 55 years old I'm looking for a natural way to increase blood flow to help me in the bedroom
Comment by BruceAlmty
September 15, 2016
I've been using my nutribullet for one year now and I'm blasting fruits, veggies, leafy greens and other things that I never would have imagined eating a year ago. Best of all, I look forward to grocery shopping for more things I've read about on this site. My thanks to the writers and those of you posting helpful advice. PS...I lost 50 lbs in 12 months by walking and drinking my smoothies.
Comment by jeanmcrae
March 19, 2016
I'm just starting to use my new nutribullet! I'm so looking forward to the ideas and articles that talk about the foods and ways to use them
Comment by sordfytr
April 19, 2015
My Nutribullet Rx has changed and is changing my life daily. I feel like I'm in my thirties and am actually 68. I am strong and healthy, my hormones are balanced and I look forward to each day as if it is my last. I sleep like a log in the woods, God is also by my side and I know Jesus as my savoir.
Reply by jeanmcrae
March 19, 2016
Awesome!!!! I hope I'll be as strong as you! lol, and my nutribullit will still be going strong
Reply by mks5011
April 26, 2015
Very inspiring. I just started using my nutribullet. I hope I have as goo of results as you have had.
Comment by Slkoers
April 09, 2015
I have been given a list of high potassium foods to avoid unfortunately spinach,brocoli, avocado, almonds, strawberries are potential high risks for me. Do you know of any other foods that might high in potassium ?
Comment by Hayswitch
April 09, 2015
I also have had my bullet for 3 months best investment ever feel great ever since the first one I found this article helpful since u usually use kale for my blast but intend on switching it up if u don't have one already I encourage you to buy one
Comment by softy33
April 09, 2015
thank you for more ideas.i had my nutribullet for 3 months now.i had nutriblast twice a day. I ate carbo just once a week which I called "my cheat day".i lost weight from 120lbs to 110lbs.and im doing dumblls and hulla hoop twice a day for 10 minutes each.loved my nutribullet!
In my family our morning starts with Nutriblast! We rotate greens.We mixed greens with carrot,beet,dates,flax seeds/organic chia seeds,berries,apple/pear,banana and avocado. www.realtorpankajpatel.com
Comment by rohrjul
April 09, 2015
My husband and I take our nutriblasting very seriously...we took a trip right after we received our Nutribullet, and guess what traveled with us. I read the Nutriblast healing book from cover to cover, and have used a leafy green from each category. Just the thought of being healthy, from making the nutriblast on a daily basis, gives me energy, and we feel better and better each day.
Excellent idea: I will be adding or substituting some of your suggestions. I got my Nutri-blast at the beginning; back when they were only available online: Since then I had to order a new blade because I wore out the original one. I'm now a Master Blaster! At my local Natures Grocers (organic-land), they carry 2 or 3 different kinds of Kale (or borecole) alone. I always get something different for my greens! And I too, have a fixed list in my recipe, but mix it up within them: An assortment of greens (kale, spinach, collards, or ??); a banana; a carrot; berries (mostly blueberries but I vary them too); a seed (flax and/or chia); a nut (cashews or almonds mostly); pre-soaked steel-cut oats; a serving of liquid B-complex w/C; a shot of Kefir & cider vinegar; all lubricated with Green tea! It's my mid-day meal!
Comment by Kosorio71
March 15, 2015
I have been using my nutriblast for 6 months already, I change my diet and added more salad and veggies and stop eating carb at dinner time. Also, I'm trying to walk at least 3 times a week. It helped me loose
Comment by GymiGhoe8
February 01, 2015
Do all greens have vitamin k in them, l ask because I'm on Cumadin a blood thinner. My Cumadin Clinic will be checking my blood more often and will adjust my Cumadin
Reply by ChantalKh
March 15, 2015
Yes. Ask your provider if you are a candidate to change to another anticoagulant such as Eliquis. No contraindications to greens with that med.
Comment by glenwood83
January 07, 2015
On day 13 with my nutriblasts from Santa. Really getting into all the delish blasts. Notice a huge difference in joint pain slowly diminishing. energy levels increasing. Sleeping like a rock. So far solo gooood??????
Comment by beegood
December 19, 2014
Is clover the purple flowered sweet smelling stuff that grows on the side of the road? Would I just pick some leaves off of this and blast them? What about the flowers? Edible?
Comment by ahoier
August 22, 2014
Good read! I'm one of those that really needed this lol.....my "goto" is spinach.....NEVER liked it as a kid unless it had cheese drizzled over it! But I love it now haha......I buy a lot in bulk.....so yea, one week I do kale, 1 week spinach, etc.....asparagus tasted great too lol, even in my chocolate whey Blast haha
Comment by VickieLynn
December 19, 2013
WOW i'm loving all the info I'm finding here Thanks everyone
Comment by jcates
November 14, 2013
I love to use Organic Girls Power Greens. Has a good mix of different greens.
Comment by Krista Haynes.
February 13, 2013
Of course it does! You'll find even the leafies can contain other pigments - think about rainbow chard and purple cabbage.
Comment by Tina_O
December 18, 2012
So far I have tried spinach, purple kale and beet greens (not at the same time) in my Bullet....I've only had it for 4 days. lol Honestly, Of the three, I think the purple kale is my favourite. It doesn't turn the drink green, which is nice for a change. Does it even still qualify as a green? I don't know, but I think so. I'm looking forward to experimenting with all the greens I can find in my local stores. Loving my NutriBullet! :)
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