Green Vegetables – Nutritious Meets Delicious!
Think green — and leafy.
Two for one! Nutritious meets delicious in dark green vegetables!
How about adding a punch of color, texture and power to your plate? Go for some greens — as in spinach, kale or other dark leafy greens.
There’s no denying these vibrant veggies are nutritious superfoods. They’re chock-full of goodness, including fiber and vitamins A and C. And they’re naturally low in calories to boot.
A dozen ideas: From breakfast to dinner …
Many types of greens can be found year-round. Here are some quick and easy ways to include four common varieties in your meals.
Here’s one more way to sneak more greens into your day: Add a handful of freshly rinsed spinach to a fruit smoothie. Blend well — and you’ll never even know this nutritious gem is in there.
Source: United Health Care
Fast Facts About Leafy Greens:
- Kale “offers everything you want in a leafy green.” It’s an excellent source of vitamins A C, and K, has a good amount of calcium for a vegetable.
- Swiss chard and spinach contain oxalates, which are slightly reduced by cooking and can bind to calcium, a concern for people prone to kidney stones.
- Broccoli with 25 calories a serving, broccoli is rich in vitamin C and is also a good source of vitamin A, potassium, and folate.
- Green leafy vegetables are the best source of nitrates. Nitric oxide may play a role in the prevention of heart disease and high blood pressure.
- High consumption of cruciferous and green leafy vegetables has been linked to lower rates of cognitive decline.