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Leafy Greens: 3 Choices and 3 Ways to Eat Them

By Genevieve Cunningham

Leafy greens don't get enough love. Considering they're one of the healthiest, lowest calorie, and nutrient dense options that we can add to our regular diets, we don't give them enough attention or the space they deserve in our regular menus. Leafy greens are good for the gut, good for the brain, and good for losing weight. They're just an excellent option all the way around. But if you don't already eat leafy greens, you may not understand how to get started. You may think that eating leafy greens means eating like a rabbit, but it doesn't have to mean that at all. To help you get your diet moving in a good direction, take a look at these three great leafy green choices, followed by some tips for how to consume them regularly.

Three Good Leafy Green Choices

  • Kale - At one point in time, this was the hottest superfood around. While it's fallen slightly from its throne, it's still an excellent food with plenty of benefits. Kale is full of Vitamins A and C. It's extremely low in calories, and it provides a nice extra texture to your dish.

  • Spinach - Spinach is a power food! Think of the old Popeye cartoon: he ate spinach and grew instant muscles! While it doesn't really work this way, spinach does provide the body with a blast of protein, which is essential for building muscle. It also provides the body with a little iron, which is essential in everyone's diet. 

  • Lettuce - This is by far the easiest option. It's easy to find and most people already know how to use it. The best part about water is that it's full of water, the lowest calorie option, and offers a nice fresh taste.

Three Good Ways to Eat Them

  • Salads - This is the most well known way to eat leafy greens. Throw them together with other veggies, some dressing, and your choice of toppings, and you're good to go.

  • Smoothies - This is a newer way to eat leafy greens, but many people like it because it tastes good. Invest in a good blender, and put your leafy greens in with some fruit and water. Blend it all together for a quick and healthy breakfast or snack. If you're not sure how to get started, browse the internet to find hundreds of recipes at your disposal. 

  • Special Treats - Kale chips, lettuce wraps, veggies bowls. These kinds of special treats can make eating healthy delicious and easy.

Leafy greens are important, so stop skipping them! Add these three items to your normal menu, and find some fun recipes to make it easier. A healthy diet makes for a healthier life, so make it a priority and watch your overall health soar.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Nashua, N.H.

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