The Top 5 Healthiest Leafy Greens
Apr 8, 2014

The Top 5 Healthiest Leafy Greens

We know that greens are good for us. When we were kids, our parents used to force us to eat them, even if we didn’t want to. Turns out, they had the right idea. Dark, leafy greens are nutrient dense and loaded with nutrients that are essential for our health.

Not only that, but they are also a great tool for those who are trying to shed weight. Since they are high in nutrition and low in calories, they make an ideal addition to any meal.

So, which of these greens are the best for you? Here are the top five choices that should make it on your plate on a regular basis.

1. Kale
This popular green used to be used primarily as a garnish, until people realized how amazing it is for you. Kale has recently grown in popularity. People are now cooking with kale on a regular basis and enjoying tasty kale chips as a snack. This green is high in potassium, folic acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K. This antioxidant rich green is used to help lower cholesterol, enhance eye health, and beautify skin, hair, and nails.

2. Spinach
Spinach is one of those plant foods that not only taste great but it is highly versatile. It is a good source of non-heme iron (iron found in plant foods, not animal foods), calcium, and other vitamins.

3. Swiss Chard
Swiss chard is also very healthful. Like the other greens, chard is high in vitamins and minerals such as iron, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. They can be picked young and put in salads or steamed and served with a squeeze of lemon juice and a dusting of sea salt.

4. Dandelion Greens
Dandelion is one of the most nutritious greens available today. You can buy them in some stores or pick them yourself. If you pick them yourself, make sure that they are free from chemicals like pesticides and herbicides. Dandelion is high in a host of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A.

5. Collard Greens
Unless you live in the south, you may not know what collard greens are. However, you should eat them no matter where you live. This is one of the healthiest greens out there. They are rich in calcium, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A. Collards are also rich in antioxidants.

Leafy greens are healthy and so good for you!!! They are also extremely versatile for a variety of recipes and delicious to eat. You can use them in everything from appetizers, salads, main courses, smoothies, juices, soups and desserts. Remember that the more of these you eat the better off you will feel.

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