Getting Your Greens

Getting your Greens by Erin Highland

Raw is only one way to get the vitamins and minerals that our body needs from dark leafy greens. Sneaking them into or adding them on top of a dish is an easy way to get introduced to these nutrient-dense wonders. What are dark, leafy greens you ask? Some common ones are: Spinach, Kale, Watercress, Swiss Chard and lettuces including Arugula and Romaine.

Here are five easy ways to make friends with leafy greens:
Fruit in smoothies easily mask the taste so this is a great place to start if you’re new to greens, but want to up the nutrient value of your morning or post-workout smoothie
Take a dish that’s traditionally not so healthy and add fiber, folate and antioxidants by mixing in one to two cups of Spinach or Kale into lasagna, pot pie or other baked dishes
Throw a piece of romaine or kale on top of your burger or sandwich for a bit of crunch, texture and even a peppery taste
Throw them on top of your eggs and steam for the last minute of cooking for an easy sautéed green
Freeze 'Em
Have an abundance of greens from your garden, CSA, or farmer’s market run? No problem! Save those precious greens for a winter soup, smoothie, or autumn casserole.  Never waste those valuable nutrients again.