We <3 salads + they should never be boring! Try a different leafy green that is packed with vitamins, minerals, + nutrients that protect your body from disease + illness. The USDA recommends women consume one + a half cups of leafy green vegetables per day — around half of your daily veggie intake. These superfood greens are great by themselves or in smoothies // salads —
Packed with vitamins A, C, + K, kale is the ultimate leafy green with many antioxidants + nutritional benefits. The antioxidants in kale can lower cholesterol + promote strong heart health. Kale has high levels of lutein, an antioxidant that protects your eyesight. Try this leafy green in smoothies, wraps, + salads to enjoy its superfood power : )
This vibrant, leafy vegetable is best for body + mind function. Rich in calcium + iron, spinach can help with oxygen flow in your blood [super important for working out!]. Spinach also helps with muscle function + maintaining a stable blood pressure because of its high levels of potassium. Add spinach to green smoothies or mason jar salads!
3] COLLARD GREENS
Collard greens are very similar to kale in nutritional value with a spinach-like taste. This leafy green has high amounts of vitamins K + C, calcium, + fiber. Collard greens are typically cooked in soups or sauteed because of their tough texture. A large collard green leaf can also be used for lettuce wraps!
4] SWISS CHARD
With three times your daily amount of vitamin K in one cup, swiss chard is a must-have leafy green. Swiss chard is packed with nutrients that strengthen your bones + promote proper blood circulation. Besides its health benefits, chard is known for its beautiful, brightly colored stems + large, green leaves. Try baking the swiss chard leaves for a crunchy snack similar to kale chips [yum!].
Arugula is in the same family as other powerful leafy greens, like broccoli + kale, with similar health benefits. The tiny arugula leaves contain high levels of nitrate that can reduce blood pressure + increase oxygen flow throughout the body. Try adding fresh arugula into smoothies, salads, + sandwiches, or even better, eat it by itself with a little olive oil + seasoning!
It can be difficult to get your daily dose of leafy greens + vegetables, but by trying new foods ++ creating new recipes you can kiss any food-rut goodbye!
++ Brittany Bluthardt [@brittanyblu_inchaarg] // Butler University