In the South, the expression, "Eat your greens," usually pertains to collards and the leafy ends of turnips and beets, but spring brings a slew of gorgeous vegetables worth a new look. There’s no surprise that eating leafy greens is good for your health. While us Southerners are strong believers that collard greens bring good luck, we also believe in the good health that these other greens offer. Eating your vegetables doesn’t always mean eating a bowl full of salad or slow cooked on the stove for hours on end. Greens can be cooked up in a quick weeknight stew, stir-fry, or simply as a side dish. Roast them, sauté them, throw them on the grill, or just consume them raw–no matter which way you serve up these bright, leafy beauties, your dinner plate will look great and you will feel even better.
Rich in a wide variety of vitamins, iron, and calcium, different greens can offer different health benefits. Kale is considered to be one of the healthiest greens to consume because of rich concentration of vitamins A, C, and K; potassium; and calcium. Cooked spinach is filled with vitamins, and the perfect addition to a dish with a hearty pasta sauce.
Crunchy or cooked, the health benefits of leafy greens are unmatched. Pair a leafy green with some of our favorite dishes and be amazed at how flavorful these untraditional vegetables can really make a meal. Forget all the things that you thought about veggies growing up–that yuck will quickly become a yum once you find a few varieties that you love.