Going Green

 
Getting our veggies as kids was tough, but as we grow older and realize the vast amount of nutrients these guys offer, getting our full serving of vegetables isn’t actually too difficult. There are a variety of different vegetables from all over the world, all with a different flavor, texture, and nutrient density. Here are a few of my favorite veggies along with some helpful information when choosing and cooking these delicacies.
 
Kale – Listed as one of the top superfoods, Kale is packed with nutrients. Amongst the antioxidants that Kale boasts is Vitamin C & K. Kale comes in a red or green color and many different varieties. Because of the vast amount of nutrients, this green packs a powerful flavor. My favorite way to enjoy it is sautéed in olive oil with a bit of chopped garlic.
 
Collard Greens – A close relative to cabbage, collard green supply many of the same nutrients. Whether you’re looking for vitamin C or Vitamin A, you’re sure to find a generous supply here. Although they can be eaten year, round, collard greens are best after an initial frost.
 
Watercress – There’s a reason why this leafy green is one of the oldest consumed by human beings. Apart from growing in a variety of climates, watercress boasts a large array of benefits. It contains phytochemicals and antioxidants, so it makes for a perfect anticancer treatment and even a digestive aid. My favorite way to enjoy watercress is boiled with soup just after the noodles are done.
 
Spinach – When it comes to the ongoing battle with prostate cancer, it seems that only spinach over any other green had the ability to significantly reduce the risk. Spinach is very high in calcium and vitamin c, making it one of the most nutritious veggies. Also, it makes for an easier option when you’re in a place with limited produce.
 
Romaine – We’ve all enjoyed a Cesar salad, but most of us don’t even know what makes it so special. The trick to a great Cesar salad is a great head of romaine lettuce. Like other leafy greens, romaine lettuce is packed full of antioxidants like vitamin C. Because of the size the lettuce grows to, romaine makes for great family meals.
 
Arugula – Quite possibly my favorite tasting of the leafy greens, arugula boats quite a pungent taste. It is reminiscent of pepper. The strong odor and flavor that is produced by this veggie is a good sign when it comes to nutritional value.
 
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