One thing I notice is that many athletes have trouble meeting their daily vegetable intake requirements. Vegetables are one of the most important things for an athlete to reach his or her's maximum athletic potential. Dark green leaves are rich of magnesium, which is an molecule that aids enzymes that are a part of over 300 chemical reactions in the the body. Dark greens are loaded with antioxidants and provide the necessary nutrients to activate DNA repairing enzymes which is necessary for preventing any mutations during cell replications and DNA repair processes that is necessary due to aging or daily immune system functioning. Some nutrients in dark green vegetables can activate tumor fighting and anti-inflammatory agents.
I am not a fan of green powder supplement shakes. In my opinion these are processed substances that should not be used. We do not truly know what goes in to these supplements since FDA does not even regulate them. To get my daily greens I make a super dense smoothies or juices from dark greens and I freeze them and store them as ice cubes. During the week on days I don't get a chance to make a smoothie, I grab a couple of these ice cubes and I dissolve it in my orange juice or a glass of water to get my daily greens in.
Below are some of the ingredients I use to make my super nutrient dense smoothies/juices for the ice cube storing process:
- Mustard Greens
- Collard Greens
Feel free to add additional greens. I also make sure to add some olive oil, flax seed oil or chunk of avocado, This helps with the bioavailability of the sulfate compounds which are converted to antioxidants. I throw all the ingredients in a vitamix blender with a little bit of water or almond milk and I blend for a couple minutes. Then I pour the consistent liquid in an ice tray neatly before I store it in the freezer.
This is my last resort "daily vitamin pill" when all else fails. Video below demonstrates how to make green smoothie ice cubes in order to add to smoothies. To be frank, on my busy schedule, I do not always have time to make a smoothie so I just throw these cubes in a drink to get my in my daily greens when I am on the run. I hope this tip helps you as much as I benefited from it. Stay Strong.