Vegetables 101: Leafy Greens

Vegetables 101: Leafy Greens

This week, we’re celebrating the delicious flavor and benefits of leafy green vegetables, and eating fresh greens is a fantastic way to keep your summer diet both fresh and functional. Greens have been in the superfood spotlight in recent years, but people have been enjoying the benefits of these vegetables for centuries.

Why We Love Greens:

Greens are one of the most nutrient-rich foods you can eat, and recent studies have indicated that greens can even lower one’s risk of cancer and heart disease due to their high antioxidant and folate content.

Green vegetables support:

  • Heart health
  • Cancer resistance
  • Digestion
  • Detoxification
  • Cholesterol balance
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-aging

 

Greens are a great source of:

  • Vitamin A: eye health, antioxidant & anti-inflammatory ⁣⁣
  • Vitamin C: antioxidant & immune-boosting⁣⁣
  • Vitamin E: strengthens immune system, powerful antioxidant, stimulates sex hormones⁣⁣
  • Vitamin K: bone health & blood coagulation⁣⁣
  • Calcium: bone health⁣⁣
  • Fiber: keeps you feeling satiated, helps digestion, prevents bloating⁣⁣
  • Folate: mood boosting, aids DNA repair for cancer resistance, natural aphrodisiac
  • Iron: energy & oxygen transportation⁣⁣
  • Magnesium: blood sugar balance, nervous system support, bone health, energy production⁣⁣
  • Manganese: bone production, collagen production, blood sugar balance, potent antioxidant⁣⁣
  • Niacin (B3): energy production, antioxidant⁣⁣
  • Phosphorus: cell function, maintains energy⁣⁣
  • Potassium: kidney health⁣⁣
  • Protein: muscle building⁣⁣
  • Riboflavin (B2): energy production, iron metabolism, antioxidant protection⁣⁣
  • Thiamin (B1): energy production & immune system support

 

Greens are incredibly versatile and easy to integrate into your diet. For a bit of inspiration, here are a few of our favorite ways to prepare greens for a fresh and nutritious meal.

 

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