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It’s Time to Eat Your Greens Every Day!

By on October 25, 2016

According to Ayurveda, dark green leafy vegetables have a special place in the daily diet — they are considered a particularly nutritious class of vegetables. And modern science says they contain important minerals such as:

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamins B1 and B2

Dark green leafy vegetables such as collard greens, spinach, swiss chard, mustard greens, bok choy greens, sorrel, turnip greens and many varieties of kale offer riches of health benefits. Ayurveda recommends that you have some leafy greens each day to help meet the nutritional requirements for optimal health.

Ayurvedic benefits of Eating your Greens

Since most of our body consists of water, it is important to properly hydrate the body. Leafy greens contain nutritious juices that help to replenish liquid in the system. For this reason, they also help to purify the subtle channels of the body, called shrotas. The natural juices and fibers help to purify and refresh the physiology.

They also contain a lot of prana, or life energy that provides sustenance to mind and body when we consume them on a regular basis.

Leafy greens help to balance Pitta and Kapha. People who need to balance Vata should also eat them, prepared with ghee or olive oil and Vata-balancing spices.

They are very beneficial for people suffering from skin problems, as they are cooling, gently purifying and nourishing for the skin.

Due to the high mineral content of calcium and vitamin A, leafy greens are highly beneficial for reproductive health and menopause. They contain antioxidants that help to prevent aging and disease.

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How to cook your leafy greens

There are different methods to cook leafy greens. Some are tender and cook very quickly, while others such as kale may need long cooking.

It is best to keep the leaf part whole when cooking. However, if there are tough stems, such as on collard greens and kale, then it is best to slice the stem into bite-size pieces. The tough stem should be cooked until tender, or it may cause abdominal discomfort.

It is important to purchase organic greens whenever available. Choose fresh, green, moist leaves for best flavor.

The following is a simple recipe that you can use when you need instant energy.

Prana Dhal

(Recipe for 3)


1 lb. fresh organic spinach
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
A few pinches of black salt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
Pinch of ground cumin
Pinch of ground coriander
Pinch of ground ginger
1 cup mung dhal


  1. Cook the mung dhal with the turmeric, coriander, ginger, and cumin. You should have approximately 2 1/2 cups of cooked thin dhal when done.
  2. Clean the spinach and lightly steam it for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the dhal and spinach to a blender. Blend for only 2-3 seconds, just enough to distribute the spinach throughout the dhal without turning it into liquid.
  4. Pour into serving bowls. Sprinkle with fresh lemon juice and a pinch of black salt. Serve it with rice or a chapati.

Sautéed Swiss Chard

1 lb. Swiss chard, finely chopped
1 tablespoon ghee
1 teaspoon Organic Vata Churna
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Salt to taste

Heat ghee in a frying pan. Sauté the churna very briefly for about 40 seconds on a low flame. Add the Swiss chard and stir so spices cover it. Add about 2 tablespoons of water and cover the pan. Cook for about 10 minutes until chard is tender. Add salt and lemon juice.

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