We are constantly hearing that we should be eating greens. Yes we all know that vegetables are good for us but do you know why greens in particular are recommended?
Calorie for calorie, greens are probably the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals including A, C, K, E, folate, calcium, potassium, and iron as well as fiber and phytonutrients including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which protect our cells from damage. There aren’t many foods out there that will provide you with all of this! They even have a little omega 3 fatty acids!
Here is a list of few leafy greens you can stock up on. Try them in a salad, a wrap, or stir fried. Because most these vitamins are fat soluble your body will need a little dietary fat to help absorbs them. So, add a little olive oil to the stir-fry or flax-seed oil to your salad but avoid using butter which is loaded with saturated fat. You can also add them to soups or steam them.
- Collard Greens
- Dandelion Greens
- Mustard Greens
- Romaine Lettuce
- Swiss Chard