Spring is synonymous with rebirth, renewal and regrowth. After months of cold weather and comfort foods, spring is the perfect time to cleanse our bodies. A natural way to cleanse is simply adding in (or sneaking in) fresh leafy greens to your everyday meals.

Leafy greens, a super-food category that is missing from most American’s diets, are nature’s natural detox food. Being one of the most concentrated sources of nutrition of any food, adding in a variety of leafy greens to your diet will boost your immunity and support bone health, thanks to the excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K.

High in fiber, almost carb-free and low in calories, greens are a rich source of fiber, folate, and carotenoids. Carotenoids act as antioxidants within the body, protecting against cellular damage, the root of all aging.

Leafy greens are far more than lettuce. The broad varieties ranging from beet greens, the tops of the edible root, to ornamental plants like arugula, collards, chard, dandelion, kale, mustard, parsley, and watercress, are sure to add texture and flavors to delight your culinary creations.

When your recipe calls for a hint of sweet, peppery or earthy flavor, adding greens to your omelets, soups, stews, pesto’s and smoothies will not only add flavor, it will power pack each bite too.

FYI, eating your greens with fat; grass fed butter, olive oil, coconut oil or avocado will increase the nutritional bioavailability to maximize carotenoid intake and reap the benefits of the vital nutrient vitamin K, a fat soluble vitamin.