Great Green Options for Your Holiday Meal


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You can avoid packing on the pounds during the holiday season by eating starches in moderation and choosing lean meats rather than fattening ones. It is also important to add plenty of vegetables to your meal plan and three particularly great vegetables to consider are collard greens, turnip greens and mustard greens.

Dark green leafy vegetables may look similar but there are some important differences you should be aware of:

Collard greens are rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and C. Unfortunately, their bitter taste put some people off. Mix these greens with other, sweeter greens in order to fully appreciate them and gain their valuable health benefits.

Turnip greens are rich in calcium and potassium, making them a great option for anyone who wants a quick, healthy energy boost. Turnip greens are small and tender and can either be cooked on their own or added to a soup or stir-fry dish. They also taste great in smoothies.

Mustard greens have plenty of vitamins C, E and K. Their peppery flavor makes them a great addition to salads, sautéed dishes, soups and stir-fry recipes.

If you want to buy fresh greens of any type, head down to your local farmer's market. Alternatively, you can easily buy collard, turnip or mustard greens at a grocery store. They are sold fresh on their own, in packaged, chopped mixes or frozen.

You can find plenty of recipes for preparing any one of these greens online. Experiment with cooking them separately or together to see which dishes best suit your taste palette. Dark green leafy vegetables will not only help you meet your weight loss goals but also help to keep you healthy and energetic as you go about your day.

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