There are more than 1,000 vegetables on the planet…
Can you guess which two are the most popular?
Potatoes! (Bet you knew that already.) Followed closely by carrots.
Another question: Do you know which veggies are on the top of the “least liked” list?
LEAFY GREENS: THE HEALTH POWERHOUSE
In North America, dark leafy greens like chard, arugula, mustard greens, and bok choy are eaten less frequently than any other veggie.
It’s a shame, because dark leafy greens are high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosophorous, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E and K. They’re crammed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and lots of other micronutrients and phytochemicals.
All said, these greens pack a nutritional punch that keeps your body and mind working at optimal levels. Incorporate them into your diet, and enjoy their many benefits, such as:
• eliminating blood toxins
• preventing cancer
• improving circulation
• strengthening the immune system
• a feeling of well-being and the elimination of depression
• promoting healthy intestinal flora
• improving liver, gallbladder and kidney function
• clearing lung congestion and reducing mucus
Greens are easy to cook—just wash and go! You can pick any variety of prep, including:
• sautéing in oil
• sautéing in water or broth
• stir-frying with other ingredients
• chopping and adding to salad
Or you can try this fun recipe—it’s converted countless people into kale lovers!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 or more
1 to 2 bunches of kale, washed
• Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
• Remove kale from stalk, leaving the greens in large pieces.
• Place a little olive oil in a bowl, dip your fingers and rub a very light coat of oil over kale.
Put kale on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes or until it starts to turn a bit brown. Keep an eye on it as it can burn quickly.
• Turn the kale over and bake with the other side up. Remove and serve.
TIP: Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese, chili powder or your favorite spices for a change of pace.
TIP: Grab a new cookbook that inspires you to enjoy new greens in new ways! My current fave is Wild About Greens: 125 Delectable Vegan Recipes for Kale, Collards, Arugula, Bok Choy, and other Leafy Veggies Everyone Loves, by Nava Atlas