Wednesday, March 5, 2014

6 greens you should be eating more

6 greens you should be eating more of

Now that spring is on its way, most of us are probably starting to think about eating healthier and getting our diets in check for our "summer bodies." Also, good, fresh produce will start to be more prevalent and easy to find, making it easier for us to incorporate into our diets. Here are some of the greens you really should be eating to get the most out of your veggies.

This leafy stuff is high in protein, fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and several vitamins. What's better than that? It's only 1 calorie per leaf! Try it in a salad with a lemon-olive oil dressing with cracked pepper or top a healthy sandwich with it.

This stuff has a bad reputation! It may not be every kid's (or adult's) favorite but at only 3 calories per floret, broccoli is high in protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamins A and C. You can disguise it in salads or eat it steamed or grilled.

With tons of fiber, protein, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamins, zucchinis can be eaten grilled, roasted, used in stir fry and salads or even sautéed. Only 31 calories, too!

I know, I know, another one with a bad rep! Spinach has just 2 calories per leaf and is great in salads, topped on a sandwich, or cooked. It's also very high in fiber, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and five different vitamins. Don't over do it on the spinach though- it is also high in sodium.

While high in sugars, cucumbers are packed with magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and K. With just 24 calories, cucumbers are great eaten raw with your favorite low-cal yogurt dip, in salads or also on sandwiches.

Bok Choy
A more uncommon vegetable, bok choy has 2 calories per leaf, can be eaten in soups and salads, and is always great in stir-fry! This leafy green is a great source of fiber, protein, iron and calcium as will as vitamins A and C.

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