The Darker the Green, the Better the Salad
By Donna Stark
You already know that salads can be a superstar when it comes to filling you up and providing all the nutrients that your body needs, but are you ever confused about which type of greens to buy when you are shopping at your local grocery store or farmers market? There are so many to choose from, aren't there? And to make your confusion set in a little bit deeper, they all have their own unique taste and set of benefits. So which ones should you pick up? The ones that seem to be trending at the moment or the kind your mom threw on the dinner table when you were growing up? Although it may be difficult to choose, there is one rule that always works out in a pinch ... the darker in color, the better.
Start With Your Base
When you're selecting the base for your salad, and you want as much nutrition as possible, choosing the darker greens is your safest bet. Take a look at the following varieties and the nutritional benefits they each have to offer.
- Kale - Kale really came upon the scene in a big way several years ago and for good reason! One cup can easily fill your daily requirement for Vitamins A, C, and K, and on top of that, it provides your body a much-needed dose of iron, calcium, and potassium.
- Spinach - I can still remember my mom telling us to eat our spinach at the dinner table. Had my brothers and sisters known then what we do now about spinach, we may have eaten more! Like kale, spinach is packed with Vitamins A, C, and K, and also provides significant amounts of iron, fiber, and folic acid.
- Swiss chard - You may not have had much experience with Swiss chard, but it's definitely worth a try! It provides Vitamins A, C, and K, as well as iron and calcium. A great way to try this is to mix it together with other greens first!
- Watercress - If it is good enough for the Roman soldiers, it should be good enough for you, right? Watercress is one of those unassuming superfoods that we learn about through articles like this. It's a great source of fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and Vitamins A, C, and K.
- Romaine - Extremely popular, Romaine lettuce is usually what the majority of your salads will consist of. Although it's not as packed with antioxidants as kale or spinach are, it is still a very healthy choice to go with because it offers plenty of folic acid, and Vitamins A, C, and K.
There is no reason to be confused anymore. All of these suggestions are strong on nutrition and bold in flavor, and every one of them would make a great foundation for your healthy salad. So go ahead and try some new flavors today!
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