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