St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. To get in the spirit, we were wondering how much you really #knowyourgreens. Here are the top 5 greens that provide the most nutrients. Acquired from WebMD.
- Kale: This nutrition powerhouse offers everything you want in a leafy green. It's an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, has a good amount of calcium for a vegetable, and also supplies folate and potassium.
- Collards: Used in Southern-style cooking, collard greens are similar in nutrition to kale. But they have a heartier and chewier texture and a stronger cabbage-like taste. A half cup has 25 calories.
- Turnip greens: Turnip leaves are another Southern favorite traditionally made with pork. More tender than other greens and needing less cooking, this sharp-flavored leaf is low in calories yet loaded with vitamins A,C, and K, as well as calcium.
- Swiss chard: Both Swiss chard and spinach contain oxalates. Chard contains 15 calories in one-half cup and is a good source of vitamins A and C.
- Spinach: Popeye's favorite vegetable has 20 calories per serving, plus it's packed with vitamins A and C, as well as folate. Spinach leaves can be cooked quickly in the water that remains on them after rinsing, or they can be eaten raw in salads. Bags of frozen chopped spinach are more convenient to use than block kinds, and this mild-flavored vegetable can be added to soups, pasta dishes, and casseroles.