Another healthy tip courtesy of Jess Kolko
Adding greens can be an easy step in the direction of a healthier diet and lifestyle. You don’t need to limit yourself to one type of green (there’s so much more than just iceberg!) or even commit to eating them all raw. Fresh, frozen or cooked greens can add a big burst of nutrients to your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Toss some in to your morning smoothie or breakfast skillet, add extra punch to your salad, sandwich or wrap or just throw some greens in the bottom of your bowl before ladling in your favorite soup, stew or chili. Packed with micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals), greens give you a big nutrition bang for just a few calorie bucks. I bet you never knew that one cup of cooked collards can deliver over a quarter of your daily calcium needs—how cool is that?! Greens can also add a healthy dose of keep-you-full-fiber to your diet. No matter which way you add them in, greens like kale, collards, Swiss chard and spinach can launch your health in a new direction.
- Jess Kolko, Healthy Eating Registered Dietitian & Culinary Educator for Whole Foods Market