• 28Aug

    Fall is a perfect time to start a greens garden. Where I live (the desert Southwest) it is just starting to cool off enough that I can grow greens outdoors without UV shade cloth covering the garden area. I plant by seed now so that I can start harvesting baby greens by the end of September and full greens all the way through the Fall and Winter.

    collard-greensIf you live in a cooler climate, Fall is still a great time to plant a greens garden. Greens don’t like intense sun anyways, so it works out well. For extreme northerly areas, you may want to pick greens that are more frost resistant and you may have to cover up young plants for the first month if there are frost warnings. You may also want to use transplants rather than starting from seed. Many nurseries will have things hardier plants like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower already started for you.  These cruciferous veggies make excellent greens for you green smoothies!

    I will be starting bok choi, pak choi, turnip greens, kale, collards, arugula, radish (for the greens), carrots (for the greens) along with brocolli, cauliflower, swiss chard and spinach. Here are some of the health benefits of just 2 of these greens, and these are all good reasons to grow your own greens:

    Spinach: This dark leafy green (and others like it, including kale,  swiss chard and collards) contains lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidant carotenoids that may help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration. Spinach is also a source of calcium and folate, a B vitamin that helps to prevent birth defects. Since pesticides are commonly used on conventionally grown varieties, growing your own is the best alternative. Otherwise, be sure to buy organic spinach.

    Cabbage: Cabbage is very inexpensive and and easy to grow, yet is highly nutritious. One of the  cruciferous vegetables (which also incudes brocolli leaves, cabbage leaves and kohlrabi leaves) contains nutrients called indoles, which may protect against both breast and prostate cancer. It also provides significant amounts of fiber and vitamin C.

    I grow greens year ’round, and you can too. It just takes a little planning and minimal effort (as far as gardening goes). But the payoff is an abundant supply of healthy, tasty, nutritous fresh organic greens every day for use in your green smoothies!

  • 07Jul

    Organic foodEat Green for life. Yeah, there’s a play on words there. I believe it is important to eat green leafy plant matter as well as eat food that is grown in green (energy efficient and sustaianable) fashion.  That’s the word play on the “green” part.

    The “for life” part also has a double meaning. I believe that eating healthy, organic green leafy matter will give you “life” in the sense that by eating it you will feel like you have more vitality, energy and life. But I also think it is something that you should never approach as a diet or a fad.

    You see, I’ve been eating greens in one form or another everyday since the early 1970′s. I have never felt like I was “done.” It has never occurred to me that eating greens had gone out of style. Oh, sure, I’ve changed some of the ways I prepare the greens, but eating green leafy matter is a permanent lifestyle for me, not a temporary addition to my life. So “for life” indicates that this is a life-long endeavor.

    After decades of eating greens, the way that I find I can eat the most with the most pleasure and least unpleasantness is through green smoothies. I have an entire section of this website dedicated to green smoothies, so I won’t go into the details here. But with a green smoothie, you essentially get all of the great healthy, life-giving properties of greens in a very palatable and bio-available manner.

    I’m healthier now than I’ve ever been in my life. I contribute 75% of that to my daily green smoothie.

    Here’s to your continued health!