Today’s Superfood: Leafy Greens

You have probably heard a few reasons on why you should eat your leafy greens. But did you know leafy greens make up some of the most nutritious foods on the planet! What makes leafy greens superior to other vegetables? They are extremely low in calories and remarkably nutrient dense. Vitamins, minerals, brain function, phytonutrients, skin health, and the list goes on!

Leafy greens are lean and low calorie so there is no limit!

Our ancestors used to eat up to 6 pounds of leaves a day!

One of the great things about leafy greens, is the variety is endless. Everyone has their favorite, and what is wonderful is they are all uniquely beneficial to your health!

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Kale ~ more iron per calorie than beef

Slightly bitter, Loaded with vitamin A, K and C, Rich in folic acid that nourishes hair, skin and nails

Create

  • Crispy kale chips
  • Sauté kale in garlic and onions

 

Spinach ~ a nutrient powerhouse

Fresh and lite, Support brain function with a plethora of antioxidants, Full of vitamin A, vitamin C and iron

Create

  •  Spinach with scrambled eggs
  • Add to your usual salad to add depth and flavor

 

Swiss Chard ~ available year round

Earthy, beat-like taste, Bone-healthy calcium, Vitamin K for brain and eye function

Create

  • Add to a stir-fry or soup
  • Sauté with butter and lemon

 

Arugula~ A garden rocket

Pepper taste, Full of fiber and copper, Hydrating

Create

  • Arugula and turkey wrap
  • Blend in with your pesto

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The darker the green the better the veggie- the more rich in color your leafy greens are, the more phytochemicals they contain. Phytochemical help our bodies defend against free radicals. Free radicals occur for natural processes that damage our cells and cause a variety of health problems. Eat your greens to stop this process!

Leafy greens are the perfect vegetable source. Based on the RDA, males and females should be eating between 2-3 cups of veggies per day. Are you eating enough leafy greens?

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