I hated collards growing up! They were always boiled down and prepared with bacon or ham hocks. They were also loaded with salt! These greens are loaded with glucosinolates, sulfur containing nutrients that have anti-cancer properties. They are also loaded with Vitamins A, C and E – and help lower cholesterol.
Enjoy them: sautéed or steamed (sans bacon and salt).
This green leafy veggie is high in folic acid, which can enhance male fertility and help fight off depression.
Enjoy them: I love them in a salad, but just recently, I’ve discovered that they juice really well combined with other fruits and veggies like watermelon, celery and cucumber.
Mmmmm I love the smell of fresh parsley! This green leaf comes curly or flat, is high in Vitamin K and helps keep your appetite in check.
Enjoy it: My favorite way is in a homemade tabbouleh salad. You can also juice them and add to your favorite pasta salad or dish.
This leafy green is also loaded with Vitamin K! It also helps make your bones strong and healthy.
Enjoy it: The easiest way is in a salad – be sure to load it with other fruits and veggies for a nutrient packed powerhouse salad.
One of my favorite greens! This green leaf is packed with iron!
Enjoy it: I love to add spinach to salads, frittatas, quiches, smoothies, quesadilla and soups.
I recently discovered the benefits of chard. And just in time – it’s packed with 13 different polyphenol antioxidants including anthocyanins, anti-inflammatory compounds that help fight against Type 2 Diabetes. It’s also loaded with Vitamins A, C, and E as well as copper and manganese.
Enjoy it: This leaf can be sautéed or steamed. Just don’t juice these leaves, they can interfere with – or even block calcium absorption.
This veggie is loaded with Vitamin K (do I see a pattern?)! It provides 238% of your daily Vitamin K.
Enjoy it: I add watercress to salads.
Loaded with calcium and iron, this green veggie battles inflammation markers that promote heart disease.
Enjoy it: My favorite way to eat this superfood is roasted. Add extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and roast for 15 minutes at 450 degrees and you’re in for a delicious treat!
If you’re looking to enjoy a superfood other than kale, give these a try! Preparation is easy and there are so many ways to enjoy them. Get cookin’.