#SundayStills Health & Wellness

The health benefits of a Green Life

March 21, 2021
The benefits of living a green life

Green is one of my favourite colours and when the prompt for #SundayStills was Green I wondered how to incorporate that into healthy living. Easy, peasy. There are so many health benefits to adding green to your life, so today I’m sharing some ideas to live well with more Green in your life.

“Green, which is Nature’s colour, is restful, soothing, cheerful, and health-giving.” —Paul Brunton

Why you need to eat your greens

green vegetables

‘Why do I have to eat my greens?’ Parents have been hearing this for generations. But I say, what’s not to like?

There are so many healthy benefits gained from eating your greens. Here are some ideas for you to try

Greens on the go – Smoothie

No time for breakfast? A great way to incorporate your greens is to make a smoothie and have your greens on the go!

Grab a handful of your favourite greens, combine with almond milk or milk of your choice, some ginger to get the metabolism going and you have a nutritious start to your day.

Greens from A to Z – Avocadoes, Kale, Peas

From smashed avocadoe, kale and peas on sourdough to stir frys, salads and frittatas. Raw or cooked Greens can be used in so many different recipes.

The benefits of growing Green

When I think of nature, green comes to mind and there are many benefits to growing green plants both indoor and out. Growing vegetables not only provide healthy food but gardening can be a good workout to keep you physically and mentally fit and healthy.

  • Reduce stress
  • Bring calm
  • Purify the air
  • Healing properties

Aloe Vera and it’s healing properties

Aloe vera has many healing properties including:

  • treating skin injuries
  • antioxidant and antibacterial compounds which can help inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.
  • carries many of the trace elements your body needs to purify itself and function smoothly which is good for your liver. Try some in a smoothie
  • a recent study suggests that aloe vera juice may reduce sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes

Green spaces are good for our health

  • Improved Mental health
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Place to enjoy and relax
  • Good for the environment
  • Fun to explore

How do you add more green into your life to live well?

Each week I link up with Terri from Second Wind Leisure and other bloggers for #SundayStills, hosted by Terri.

You can check out more ideas on the prompt Green from other participants:

Enjoying #SundayStills? Why not check out posts from these bloggers? And if you would like to join in, we would love to have you. The community is awesome. You can get more details here.

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21 Comments

  • Reply Donna Connolly March 21, 2021 at 09:57

    Hi, Sue – I always learn something new and practical from your posts. Adding ginger to my smoothies — I’m now on it.
    And Aloe Vera for people with Type 2 Diabetes — I’ll be sharing that info with someone that I love!
    Thank you for another excellent post!
    #SundayStills

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 22, 2021 at 15:21

      Yes the ginger adds some zing to the smoothies and helps to kick start our metabolism as well. x

  • Reply Cathy March 21, 2021 at 14:19

    Hello Sue
    lol I’m not sure I could come at Kale for breakfast…..or anytime actually 😊…….but smashed avocado on toast might do the trick!
    Take care
    Cathy #sundaystills

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 22, 2021 at 15:22

      Hi Cathy, I’m not a kale fan either although in a smoothie it isn’t too bad. Smashed avo on toast – now you are talking!

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au March 21, 2021 at 14:27

    Hi Sue – love your creative take on the topic – lots of green plants, but also a great reminder of the importance of keeping green in our diet and staying healthy. Such an important theme to focus in on. (Also loved seeing the grandboys featuring in your nature collation – very sweet!)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 22, 2021 at 15:23

      Hi Leanne it has been challenging trying to keep the topics relevant to my blog but also to the prompt.

  • Reply Debbie Harris March 21, 2021 at 17:42

    What a great way to incorporate green into your blog this week. I hadn’t thought of using the benefits of eating greens but now that you mention it – duh!!! I love green spaces for leisure and feel they help so much more than people realise.A fabulous creative post just perfect for #SundayStills

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 22, 2021 at 15:24

      Hi Deb, this was a bit of a challenge but once I started the post ideas kept flowing. Let’s hope the creativity keeps up. x

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt March 22, 2021 at 06:19

    Sue, I should have guessed you would put your healthy spin on green this week. What a lovely post complete with good stuff for our eyes and our bodies! Thanks for sharing the links and helping build our Sunday Stills community!

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee March 22, 2021 at 07:57

    I went to a talk last night and we had canapes made with native food and there was a green plant (like spinach) with 10 x more iron and vitamin C than kale. It was in a dip with carrots (not dairy) and tasted delicious! It was amazing. Of course there were also cocktails and I can’t remember the name of the plant. But if you can do an Indigenous food tour, do it! AMAZING stuff!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 22, 2021 at 15:15

      Hi Lydia I actually looked up an Indigenous food tour on the Gold Coast where I live and there is one. I will definitely check it out and of course there might be a blog post afterwards!

  • Reply Jody @ Six Little Hearts March 22, 2021 at 09:31

    I just love gardening. After doing it intentionally in the last couple of years, it has only just dawned on me how mindful the experience really is. I love the greens in your life.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 22, 2021 at 15:13

      I live in an apartment Jody so I don’t have a garden but I do have potplants. Gardening is a very mindful experience and a workout as well. x

  • Reply Laurie March 22, 2021 at 10:19

    I loved all the beautiful green photos – both the food and the foliage. I like nothing better than a big salad for either lunch or dinner, but I am not a fan of kale. Anything else that is green – lettuce, spinach, chard, escarole…but not kale. I am going to check out Sunday Stills. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 22, 2021 at 15:07

      Thanks Laurie, as we have just finished Summer salads are always high on my menu list. I don’t like kale either but there are so many other greens to choose from. I think you would enjoy #SundayStills. Have a great week! x

  • Reply Christina Henry March 22, 2021 at 11:45

    Hi Sue, green is one of my favourite colours because of nature and healthy food. You had some great ideas for adding green to your diet. My favourite is avocado. Have a great week

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 22, 2021 at 15:03

      Hi Christina, I love avocado too and I actually remember the first time I tasted it – way back when I was 13 years old! x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan March 24, 2021 at 15:29

    Such a great post from you Sue. I am a fan of being in green but rarely eating/drinking it. I did try green smoothies in recovery from Head and Neck cancer but everything, was too stringy despite the blending. I don’t mind some cooked broccoli, cucumber and can tolerate cos lettuce…the other ones are a challenge and almost a choke hazard….who knew!

    Thank you for linking up your blog post to Life This Week #232. Lots of interesting comments from bloggers this time about “good”. Next week, the optional prompt is Heroic….that too might generate more conversation…and THAT is what I love about hosting a link up on my blog. See you there. Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 25, 2021 at 08:09

      Hi Denyse, it depends what greens you use and I also buy a powder version to add to my smoothies. I’ve been trying to think outside the box for the SS challenge.

  • Reply Marsha March 27, 2021 at 10:05

    Hi Sue, thanks for the pingback. I’m honored. Secondly, I love your greens, literally. There is nothing more wonderful than an avocado smoothie! Yummy. Is that a grasshopper on the leaf? What a match! 🙂 Great post, Sue! 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 28, 2021 at 11:03

      My pleasure Marsha and you are on hosting duties for the next two weeks, I see. I look forward to sharing my interpretation for #SundayStills with you. Yes that is a grasshopper and he stayed there for a week! x

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