Paleo Diet Guide: Green Leafy Vegetables

Green Leafy Vegetables We know vegetables are generally good for you, especially those that are organically grown, as recommended in the Paleo diet. But how much do you know about them?   Gain a better understanding about the green leafy vegetables and how you can fully maximize their health benefits.

Green Leafy Thingies

Without a doubt, green leafy vegetables are among the most nutritious, not to mention affordable addition to your Paleo diet program. Not only are these vegetables tasty, they are also easier to prepare and cook.


To better appreciate these green leafy thingies, let’s start off by enumerating their great benefits, shall we?

  • Nutritious – green leafy vegetables are packed with nutrients in a single serving including vitamins, fiber, essential minerals and so much more.
  • Detox – green leafy vegetables also contains high levels of anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and cancer-fighting compounds.
  • Versatile –  it is so easy to prepare a number of Paleo diet recipes using green leafy vegetables for breakfast smoothies, lunch salads and dinner casseroles.

Nutritional Facts

There are barely a handful of foods out there than can compare to the exceptionally high nutritional value you can derive from green leafy vegetables. In fact, recent studies revealed that incorporating greens into your diet has proven to be significantly more important that was previously thought.

Back in the Palaeolithic era, it is said that it was common for our ancestors to devour an average of six pounds of leaves on a daily basis. In addition, in the research conducted, the gene that is responsible for producing the vital immune cells found in the gut was found to respond to the food we consume and in particular, green leafy vegetables.

It is a widely accepted fact that green leafy vegetables contain a great selection of disease fighting compounds and antioxidants the body needs to maintain health. These vegetables take on a critical pole in controlling food allergies, obesity, and inflammatory diseases and even in the prevention of bowel cancers.

Top Green Leafy Vegetables


  • High levels of calcium
  • Excellent source of C, A and K
  • Contains Potassium and Folate

Swiss Chard

  • Excellent source of vitamin C, A and K
  • Exceptional source of Potassium, Manganese, Iron, Magnesium and Vitamin E
  • Contains at least 13 various Polyphenol Antioxidants, including Syringic Acid
     and Kaempferol
  • Is a unique source of Phytonutrients called Betalains

Collard Greens

  • Exceptional source of A, C, and K
  • Great source of Manganese, Folate and Calcium
  • Contains cancer preventatvive glucosinolates


  • Good source of Folate, Manganese, Iron, Vitamin C, B2 and B6, E
  • Provides aggressive protection against prostate cancer
  • Excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K
  • Contains Glycoglycerolipids that protects the digestive tract’s lining against damage

Turnip Greens

  • Excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K
  • Great source of Manganese, Folate, Copper, Calcium, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E
  • High glucosinolate content, with cancer-preventing properties

So there you have it, now you know better than to skip eating those green leafy vegetables in your Paleo diet. Spice up your green and leafy vegetables by learning how to prepare some Paleo friendly dips, sauces and spreads to go with your vegetables.


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