Whether it was from your parents or Popeye, the age-old message to eat your veggies still holds true after all this time.
Today, we’re going to be picky and only focus on one variety of vegetables: dark, leafy greens. Why? Studies show that Americans under-consume these nutrient-dense herbaceous greens the most out of all vegetable options, despite the countless health benefits they have to offer.
Dark, leafy greens are packed with nutrients like fiber, phytochemicals, vitamin E, antioxidants, and vitamin C. These nutrients work together to aid in weight loss, lower the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, enhance our hair, skin, and nail health, and hydrate our bodies. Below, you’ll find 5 ways to incorporate more greens into your diet. That’s right, now you have absolutely NO excuse to not consume the recommended 2 1/2 to 3 cups of veggies per day.
- Add a handful of spinach, Swiss chard, or kale to breakfast smoothies. You will hardly be able to taste it, I promise.
- Throw some spinach or kale into your morning omelet. They will wilt down with heat and provide the perfect balance of flavor and nutrients to jump-start your morning.
- Toss some greens into your soup, chili, chowder, or stews. The heat will wilt and incorporate the greens into your dish while preserving all of the nutrients.
- Add greens to sandwiches or wraps for some extra crunch and a variety of texture.
- Buy a variety of greens to be washed, cut, prepared, and stored ahead of time so it makes snacking that much easier and more convenient.
What are your favorite greens to eat and to cook with?