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4 Green Foods You Need on Your Menu

By Genevieve Cunningham

No matter what time of year it is, it's always a good idea to revamp your menu. We have too much knowledge in our modern world to be consuming a diet full of junk. We know better! Unfortunately, knowing that we should do better and actually knowing how to do better are two very different things. Luckily, it's probably easier than you think. If you'd like to upgrade your menu, take a look at these four green foods to add to the mix starting today.

Kale

The obsession with kale has certainly died down a bit. But even though it's not quite as prominent in the marketing world, kale is still incredibly good for the body. It's full of Vitamin C, fiber, and even a little bit of protein. It's low calorie and super easy to throw in a salad or bake into crispy chips. Give kale a try for a quick and easy boost to your diet.

Celery

Celery is a hot food right now thanks to the popularization of celery juice. Celery juice is thought to bring massive benefits to the body, though you'll have to buy the book to find out exactly what those benefits are. But even if you skip the juice and opt for straight celery, you'll be adding a super food to your menu. Celery is full of water, which means eating it helps you stay hydrated. It's also incredibly filling, but super low calorie. It's a great snack, great with a salad, or good in smoothies. Easy, quick, and super healthy option.

Spinach

Spinach is a green food that packs a lot of protein. When eaten in larger amounts, it can actually help your muscles grow and contribute to improving overall body strength. Of course, you'll need other sources of protein as well, but adding a little spinach in your diet gives you a low calorie way to stimulate digestion, muscle growth, and overall health in your body. 

Broccoli

There's a reason your mom wanted you to finish all your broccoli, and it wasn't just to torture you. Broccoli is a good source of Vitamin C -- one of the most important vitamins for a healthy immune system. It's thought that consuming broccoli helps with anti-aging, healthy digestion, and weight loss. If you're not a fan of the taste or texture, look up some recipes for adding diced broccoli into some delicious meals so you can have the benefits without any thought.

A healthy diet isn't about changing everything all at once. It's about making one good choice at a time, one day at a time, one meal at a time! Use these four foods to get you moving in a healthier direction, and you'll be living with a healthier menu in a healthier body before you know it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Whittier, Calif.

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