4 Nutritious and Delicious Leafy Greens (That Aren’t Kale)

4 Nutritious and Delicious Leafy Greens (That Aren’t Kale)

I’ll admit it: I’m a bit kale-obsessed. Whether it’s massaged| steamed| sautu00e9ed| or blended| I’m into that tasty green and all the healthy benefits it brings to the table. Yes| there’s no denying that kale is a nutritional powerhouse| but no heart should belong to just one green u2014 there are plenty of other leafy options out there that deserve a try. Look for these delicious and nutritious vegetables that next time you’re at the farmers market. There’s no guesswork necessary when it comes to preparation; I’ve included a few of our favorite recipes starring each green.

| Spinach

Forget the mushy canned spinach that makes you think of Popeye u2014 it’s time to fall for fresh spinach. Higher in folate| magnesium| and potassium than kale| this easy-to-find green packs a serious nutritional punch. And when it comes to salad greens| spinach is one of the best options you can bring to the mix. While romaine and iceberg offer hydration| dark and leafy spinach offers much more fiber| iron| and vitamins than those lighter alternatives.

  • Calories (per cooked cup): Spinach and feta egg wrap
  • Blueberry| spinach| and banana pancakes
  • Turkey-spinach burgers
  • Vegan spinach brownies

| Collards

These thick leaves might be typically associated with high-fat Southern recipes| but without all the meat and butter| they stand strong on their own. Collard greens are high in vitamin C and soluble fiber| and studies have shown that this powerful green can Collard green gorilla wraps

  • Mustard greens and collards detox soup
  • | Beet Greens

    Refrain the next time you want to toss away the tops of your beets! These leaves are full of nutritional benefit| so don’t let them go to waste. They’re high in vitamins A| C| and K| and one cup of cooked beet greens offers almost four grams of protein.

    • Calories (per cooked cup): Sesame roasted beets and beet greens
    • Balsamic beets and greens
    • Apple lemon “beet-le”” juice

    | Chard

    Swiss| red| or rainbow| there are so many bright and beautiful varieties of chard to enjoy this Fall. Chock-full of vitamin C| vitamin A| iron| and fiber| this leafy green packs so much nutrition. Feel free to enjoy chard sliced up in a salad| but if the raw flavor is too bitter for your taste| you’ll be glad to know that cooking it up makes the flavor much more delicate.

    • Calories (per cooked cup): Shakshuka with garbanzos and swiss chard
    • Indian-spiced chard with curry
    • Creamy dairy-free swiss chard