Looking for a light and tasty way to improve your meals? Try adding leafy greens to your plate and enjoy all of their health benefits! At fewer than 20 calories per cup, this superfood is one that I can’t get enough of.
Leafy greens, especially the dark green varieties, are rich in fiber; vitamins A, K, and C; iron; potassium; and folate. The most common are spinach, escarole, collards, kale, turnip greens, arugula, mustard greens, watercress, beet greens, and dark green leafy lettuces. Look for these nutrient-dense greens at the salad bar and as part of our entrees in your local café. Here’s an example of one dish that showcases spinach fettuccini for an added nutritional punch!
If you’re trying to incorporate more of these veggies into your meals at home and want to extend their shelf life, try wrapping washed and dried greens in paper towels, then putting them into a plastic bag in the fridge. They should stay fresh for one or two weeks.