REAL, FRUGAL, HEALTHY, and FUN!!!
Bring on the kale, collards, turnip greens, Swiss chard, spinach, mustard greens, broccoli (sort of a leafy green), lettuce, and cabbage. Gardening season is upon us and my spinach is poking up out of the ground!!! This is the best time of year to eat leafy greens. They are easy to grow your own, and even if you choose not to, they are in season, so they often cost less. They are so available and so good for you. Leafy greens are loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phyto-nutrients (plant-based nutrients). Per calorie, they are the most nutritious vegetables you will find.
I want to share with you a couple of key points in order for you to get the best nutritional value from your leafy greens:
Salad, salad, salad!!! Ok, you can tell me you get bored with salads. I don’t quite get that. I mean, salads are incredibly versatile. I think I could make an entirely different salad everyday of the year. I get creative. I add different veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, and sometimes meat to my salads. The sky is the limit! Seriously, if you think salad gets boring, you probably just need to mix it up. Ok, though, let’s look at some non-salad alternatives:
With such an abundance of nutrients, your leafy greens literally benefit your body from head to toe. They are able to fight and help prevent illness and disease. Eat them up!