We all know that leafy greens are inherently good for us, but that daily kale salad can get old quick. Rather than forcing yourself to get in your greens, try switching it up! There are several varieties of greens - everything from kale, to spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, you name it! And they all offer a multitude of health benefits, so its time to eat up!
Health Benefits of Greens
It's an excellent source of vitamins A C, and K, has a good amount of calcium for a vegetable, and also supplies folate and potassium.
Try it in a salad, a smoothie, or bake them into kale chips!
2. Collard Greens
With a hearty, chewy texture and a cabbage-like taste, collards have a very similar health profile to kale. In addition, collard greens contain caffeic acid, ferulic acid, quercetin, and kaempferol. These key antioxidant phytonutrients provided by collard greens help lower our cancer risk by helping us avoid chronic and unwanted oxidative stress.
Try using collard greens as a low-carb wrap alternative!
Packed with vitamins A and C, as well as folate spinach is packed with nutrients! Fun fact: cooked spinach actually gives you more nutrition than raw due to the heat reducing the green's oxalate content, freeing up its dietary calcium.
Try it in smoothies, soups, pasta dishes, and casseroles.
4. Mustard Greens
A single cup of mustard greens provides 524% the DV of vitamin K, 177% the DV of vitamin A and 59% the DV of vitamin C. They are also a good source of manganese, folate and vitamin E. They help reduce cholesterol levels, support the detox and inflammation systems in the body and offer good amounts of folate. Folate is a critical B-vitamin that helps prevent homocysteine build up, a contributing factor in heart disease. They have a peppery taste and give off a mustardy smell during cooking. Their spiciness can be toned down by adding an acid, such as vinegar or lemon juice.
Try them in a hearty stew or this sautee of beans and greens.