You know you’re supposed to eat lots of dark leafy greens because they have the most nutrients and benefits, but maybe you’ve never actually learned how to use AND enjoy them. We’ve researched the healthiest leafy greens and shared ideas that might have you reaching for seconds.
- Kale. Just one cup of this superfood can fulfill your daily requirement of Vitamins A, C and K. It’s also one of the best cancer-fighting and heart disease-preventing vegetables, containing high amounts of phyto-nutrients. And, if that’s not incentive enough, you’ll get a dose of iron, calcium and protein. Try the Vegan Power Bowl and the Turkey Meatball, Kale and Orzo Salad, which both incorporate a serving of kale and taste delicious. For lunch, have a Kale Caesar with Chicken salad, Chopped Ranch Salad or Caribbean Kale Smoothie.
- Spinach. Containing everything that kale offers in smaller quantities, spinach also has folic acid, which helps convert the food you eat into energy. Try the Sweet Potato, Spinach and Apple Quinoa Bowl and the Curry Vegetable Soup, a fast prep, slow cook meal. For your afternoon snack, have spinach and an egg!
- Swiss Chard. It’s not as popular as kale or spinach, but it should be. It offers similar benefits, but research shows that people who eat a variety of leafy greens will get a better assortment of vitamins. So, the next time you’re making a salad, mix in swiss chard!
- Arugula. Arugula adds an extra peppery taste! It is low in calories and still contains Vitamins A, C and K, along with calcium. Try the Butternut Squash, Chicken and Blue Cheese Flatbreads and the Spicy Quinoa Salad Bowl. For lunch, have the Lean Green Salad, which includes edamame and pepitas!
If you have a salad everyday for lunch, mix it up! Try one of our new salads (or all all of them!) or our meals that include these four greens. Your body will thank you!