Leafy greens are a nutritional powerhouse. They’re high in fiber, vitamins and minerals. They’re also low in calories, which makes them a great addition to any diet plan.
But some leafy greens are better than others. And there are five types that we think should be staples in every meal plan.
Here’s why we think these leafy greens are some of the best:
- Spinach. Spinach is one of the most popular types of leafy green vegetables in the world, but it isn’t just because it tastes good on its own. Spinach is also packed with nutrients like vitamin K, A, C and iron that can help boost your immune system and prevent certain diseases from developing over time. In addition to its health benefits, spinach is also high in fiber which helps reduce cholesterol levels in your body as well as prevent constipation problems down the road.
- Arugula. This is an Italian green, but it’s also known as rocket or garden rocket in Australia and New Zealand. It’s a spicy-tasting leaf that is excellent in salads or as a side dish with your protein.
- Dandelion Greens. Dandelion greens are rich in vitamins A and C, as well as iron and calcium. They have a bitter taste when eaten raw, but become more mild after cooking them or wilting them down with some olive oil and garlic.
- Endive/Escarole. Endive is actually considered part of the chicory family (along with radicchio) although it has a much milder flavor than radicchio does.) Endive’s main claim to fame is its ability to lower cholesterol levels due to its high fiber content. Escarole is another member of this family that looks similar to endive but has broader leaves and fewer inner ribs than endive does.) Both are excellent for salads
- Romaine lettuce. Romaine lettuce contains a lot of vitamin K which helps promote bone health as well as reduce inflammation in joints associated with arthritis pain over time.