Are You Eating Enough Greens?


Woman with Bunch of Mustard Greens

Growing up, you hid your unwanted greens in a napkin at dinnertime. Nowadays, you simply don’t bother to put any healthy greens onto your plate. If you can relate to this common scenario, you’re missing out on the amazing nutritional benefits of leafy green vegetables. If you know you’re not eating enough greens, consider stocking up on the following four nutritious superstars on your next trip to the supermarket.

Mustard

Mustard is a peppery tasting green. Its name stems from the mustard-like smell it emits during the cooking process. This delightful green contains scalloped edges. It is available at your grocery store in both red and green varieties. If the distinctive taste of mustard is too spicy for you, try adding some lemon juice or vinegar toward the end of your greens’ cooking time. The acid contained in these two liquids will dilute the spicy taste of the mustard.

Kale

Due to the increasing knowledge about its bountiful nutrients, kale is becoming a staple at both dinner and snack times. Besides enjoying eating kale as a side dish, many people like to munch on crunchy kale chips. This versatile vegetable is packed with health benefits:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Folate
  • Potassium
  • Calcium

Spinach

Like kale, spinach is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and folate. A serving of hearty spinach contains a mere 20 calories. So, you can eat as much of Popeye’s desired vegetable as your heart desires. To incorporate more spinach into your diet, consider adding it to:

  • Tossed salads
  • Sandwiches
  • Soups
  • Stews
  • Pastas
  • Casseroles

Turnips

Turnips are yet another often underrated type of greens at the supermarket. This nutritious vegetable is tenderer than other kinds of leafy greens. And, it can be prepared in less time than some of its competitors. Even better, you can enjoy two vegetables rolled into one if you purchase turnips with their tops still on. 

Greens are an important staple of a healthy, low-calorie diet. If you want to improve your health while whittling your waistline, start eating more of the aforementioned four types of greens today.

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