7 Super Greens and How to Cook Them

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7 Super Greens and How to Cook Them

Dark, leafy greens are nutritional powerhouses. “They’re really high in a lot of nutrients that are most essential for health,” certified nutritionist and cookbook author Gena Hamshaw says. “You’re getting a lot of nutritional bang for your buck.”

But so many of us don’t eat nearly enough of these amazing veggies. “People think if they’re eating a lot of salad, they’re maximizing their leafy green intake, but cooking them is far more nutrient-dense than a big old salad of arugula or baby spinach,” Hamshaw says. Plus, many of us fall into a spinach or kale rut — we aren’t sure what to do with collard greens or even know that we can eat beet greens.

Reinvigorate your eating plan and boost your health with these seven dark leafy greens, then use our cooking tips to help them taste their absolute best. Aim for at least 1 serving daily, which is 1 cup cooked or 2 cups raw.

Some have proclaimed kale the king (while others have declared it a passing fad), and it’s likely because it’s high in many of the nutrients found in all leafy greens, including protein, calcium, iron and vitamins A and K. It’s also the one of the best leafy greens for lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants key for eye health.

Tip: It may sound odd to massage a vegetable, but in this case, it helps break down kale’s tough fibers. Massage yours with lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil, then serve it topped with other vegetables, beans and avocado, suggests Sharon Palmer, RDN, author of “Plant-Powered for Life.”

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  • Carla Paul

    I only see kale, where are the other 6 super greens?

    • Crista Krivoniak

      Did you ever find the other 6? I can’t see them either

      • Dane

        Maybe kale is so good it’s all seven

        • Carla Paul

          No, I didn’t. 🙁

        • Carla Paul

          LOL, that could be

  • vicki

    Jeez this has to have been written by some idiot American. The clues?

    1. It tells us about the “7 super greens” but we can only see info on 1

    2. It tells us we can read “how to cook them” but nowhere in the section o know kale does it say how to cook. Perhaps the muppet who wrote this should look up the words “prepare” and “cook” in the dictionary.

    3. It talks about using “cups” as measurement, because clearly anything more complex than “1 cup, 2 cup, 3 cup” (i.e 125grams) is far too complex….

    • Richard Schmier

      Who the fuck pissed in your cheerios? Why all the hate for Americans? Did an American guy dump you in college? Or are you just jumping on the “hate Americans” bandwagon because it’s the cool thing to do?

      Maybe you are just trying to be funny. Here’s a hint, you aren’t funny, especially when using tired old material such as “muricanz iz dum herp derp”.

      Calm your tits. Cunt.

      • Elbondo

        Wow, cunt? Really? Your whole comment screams rage. Take a deep breath, relax. Try some meditation for a few minutes. She has a point, this is not a good article, it’s missing 6 out of 7 veggies, and the one that is mentioned comes with no cooking instructions. Here in the U.K. we don’t use cups, so it can be frustrating if that’s the only measurement given. As for her comment regarding all Americans being stupid it is of course a gross over-generalisation, but after electing such a muppet as president you might just have to roll with the punches on that one for a while. We did after Brexit. Take care and have great day

        • Lisa Williamson

          hey you never know this President just might do great things it’s only been a week.

    • Barbara Liggio George

      Hit “NEXT”. I saw them all

      • Damo


  • Cks

    You just have to press the > button

  • George Curious Jacob

    Guys just press the right arrow to see the next page LOL