Glorious Greens

Leafy green vegetables are missing from the daily diets of most Americans. Greens are a nutrient power-house and are high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micro-nutrients and phytochemicals. There are so many greens to choose from. Broccoli, kale, collards, spinach, and chard are just a few. Find greens that you love and eat them often. When you get bored with your favorites, be adventurous and try greens that you’ve never heard of before. Try a variety of methods like steaming, boiling, or sauteing in oil. If boiling, boil for under a minute so that the nutrients in the greens do not get lost in the water. Raw salad is also a wonderful preparation for greens and is very refreshing. Whenever possible, choose organic. However, eating non-organic greens is much better than not eating any greens at all! Get into the habit of adding dark, leafy green vegetables to your daily diet. By eating greens you will naturally crowd out unhealthy foods. Try it out for a month and see how you feel.

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