wisdom we can learn from. Why do dogs and cats eat grass, when
dogs are for the most part carnivores, and cats are obligate
carnivores? First of all, grass contains chlorophyll which has
many healing properties. It contains antioxidants, is
anti-inflammatory and assists in wound healing. It helps to
neutralize dangerous molecules in the body that could cause damage to
healthy cells. Eating grass helps to get rid of nematode
parasites. The plant material wraps itself around the parasites,
eliminating them from the intestinal tract. The grass also helps
the animal eliminate hairballs before they become a problem.
How often do you eat greens? I dare say that most of us do not eat enough of them. Go to your produce aisle in the grocery store. You will see a wide array of different greens. Pick ones that have the brightest and most vivid green colors, as they have the most nutritional content. Avoid iceberg lettuce, it has little nutritional value. Choose Romaine or Green Leaf Lettuce instead. Try some kale, bok choi, chard, napa cabbage, beet greens, mustard greens, spinache, or arugula.
Arugula is especially tasty as a cold salad green, it has a peppery-mustardy flavor. Here's a simple recipe for Arugula and Goat Cheese over Penne Pasta.
If you don't like goat cheese, just substitute a cheese you do like.
Try some Sauteed Swiss Chard:
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 ckive garlic, minced
1/2 pound swiss chard
1 small onion, sliced
Heat frying pan. Add oil. Stir fry garlic for 1 minute. Add Swiss chard and onion, saute for 1 minute. Cover. Reduce heat and cook for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
Swiss Chard Patties
1/2 c. cooked Swiss chard, chopped
1 c. bread crumbs
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 egg, slightly beaten
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive or cooking oil
Drain chopped cooked chard well. Mix thoroughly with pepper, crumbs and cheese. Add egg and seasonings. Shape into 3-inch patties about 1/2-inch thick. Cook until golden brown on both sides.
The more greens you include in your diet, the healthier you will be. Just remember to wash them thoroughly first. Fill the sink with water and let them soak. Add some fruit and veggie wash, and swish them back and forth in the water for a minute or so, then rinse thoroughly in clean, clear water.