Get you leafy greens in today? They are one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat, and should eat every day. Yet for most of us, the only way we do is in the occasional salad.
Iceburg lettuce is the most popular green we put in our salads. On average, we eat 17 pounds of it a year. While it is a good source of water and adds a nice crunch, this lettuce is pretty much devoid of any nutrients.
Top Leafy Greens
The powerhouse of leafy greens. Many antioxidants are found in kale which have numerous health benefits. Antioxidants are those little things that help us rid our bodies of the free radicals that make us sick. This leafy green is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K as well as calcium and potassium.
Typically served in Southern-style dishes. This under appreciated leafy green is almost as nutrient dense as kale. It is chewier and has a cabbage-like taste. Like kale, it is a good source of vitamins and minerals including many B-vitamins, folate and iron.
Another Southern delicacy. If you buy turnips, get those with the greens attached. You’ll get a double win! The biggest value you get out of these greens is vitamin A. It is also high in iron and calcium. One serving is also an excellent source of fiber, with 5 grams in 1 cup.
Typically seen as having red stalks and large leaf greens, with red veins. The favorite in Mediterranean dishes can also be found with orange and yellow stalks. It is rich in vitamins A, C, E and K. Magnesium and iron is also found in this healthy green.
Probably one of the most popular leafy green. I know it’s one of mine! Of course, thanks to Popeye, we all know that is packed full of iron but it is also high in vitamins A and C and folate. Cooking spinach actually makes it easier for your body to absorb it nutrients.
Another favorite in the South. They have a peppery taste and come in red and green varieties. These greens have the same nutrients as turnip greens and collards.
Has only 25 calories per serving but is loaded with many vitamin B’s, vitamin C, calcium and folate. The average American eats 6 pounds of this leafy green a year. Some enjoy it raw, especially in salads, while other like it steamed and covered in cheese.
Red & Green Leaf and Romaine Lettuce
These are high in vitamin A and some in folate. Leaf lettuce is softer than Romaine; but if you crave crunch in your salad, Romaine is the way to go. And Romaine is high in vitamins C and K.
While not dark green like other leafy greens, cabbage is a good source of vitamins C and K. It also has folate and calcium.
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