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Add in Leafy Greens

When it comes to eating vegetables we tend to stick to what we know.  But nutrition and staying healthy is all about variety.  “Eat the colors of the rainbow” most people say.  We may fall into a routine, sticking with the iceberg lettuce salads, maybe just carrots, celery, or corn.  Leafy greens are vegetables that get neglected at times.  Maybe we aren’t sure how to cook them, or just find ourselves skipping by them in the produce section, but “Greens are the No. 1 food you can eat regularly to help improve your health,” says Jill Nussinow, MS, RD, the author of The Veggie Queen.  They are filled with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and even disease fighting phytochemicals.  They are low in calories and packed with nutrition.  Leafy greens such as kale and collards contain good amounts of calcium to keep our bones and teeth strong and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.



How to Make the Change

Here is what we suggest to change this month:

green arrow for changeEat leafy greens 2-3 times per week.

Start small, add spinach leaves or kale to your salad.  Add either into a smoothie, yes it will turn your smoothie green but don’t let your eyes fool you, it will still be delicious.  Swap out your usual side dish for sauteed spinach or collard greens.  Are carrots for dinner?  Add a green into the mix!

Here are some delicious recipes to help you work in those leafy greens every week!

Add leafy greens to any salad, soup, or side dish!

Sponsor of the Month

This month one lucky family from each community will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to Quillans to purchase all they leafy greens your family needs!