By Jennifer Holliday
At San Diego Markets, we have your resolutions covered – whether you make them in January or June. The truth is, we get to start over with every meal we eat! Each bite is an opportunity to think about what we really want in life, and if our choices align with those values.
There are a lot of different dietary theories out there, and you may have tried some of them: paleo, gluten-free, vegan, raw, no-sugar, dairy-free. But one thing we all agree on is that veggies are good for us!
In particular, dark leafy greens are rich in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that can’t be found in non-plant sources.*
Greens at the Market
One of our most popular vendors, GreenFix Organic Smoothie, is now offering 1, 2, and 3-day cleanse programs designed to boost your digestive system, strengthen your immunity, and re-energize your body. You can sign up at their booth during the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers’ Market, the North Park Thursday Market, or Little Italy Mercato on Saturdays. Or visit them online at greenfixsmoothie.com to learn more.
Greens at Home
You’ll find a wide variety of salad greens at JR Organics Farm, microgreens and herbs at Suzie’s Farm, and broccolini at Rodney Kawano Farms. But have you ever wondered what to do with all these greens once you get them home? The book Greens, Glorious Greens! by Johnna Albi and Catherine Walthers is a great resource for selecting, preparing, and eating all types of greens, from beets to bok choy, arugula, mizuna, and more.
I like to use this book in one of two ways. The first is to make a careful and thoughtful selection – I read the table of contents and choose a green I’m not very familiar with (or haven’t eaten in a long time), then read that section and pick a recipe. The second method is spontaneous and by feel – I simply bring the book with me to the market and peruse the stands. When I find a green that speaks to me, I flip open the book, find a recipe to go with it, and buy everything else I need on the spot!
Greens and You
What are your favorite greens? How do you like to eat them?
* “They supply minerals such as calcium and iron, along with vitamins, folic acid, and fiber. Their combination of vitamins such as A, C, and E make them antioxidant cancer fighters in the body. Greens are also rich sources of carotenoids, a huge family of substances (including beta-carotene) researchers are studying for their antioxidant properties, their effect on the immune system, and their role in cancer prevention. Leafy greens contain dozens of other phytochemicals or micronutrients such as indoles and sulforaphane, which have only begun to be studied for their disease-prevention properties.” –Greens, Glorious Greens!