Leafy greens are an affordable staple of a healthy diet and a low-calorie, filling food to at to weight-loss plans. They’re filled with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, which research suggests helps fight aging and chronic disease caused by damage from harmful free radicals. “In particular, they’re a great source of carotenoids, a type of antioxidant that protects cells and lowers inflammation,” says Kara Landau, RD.
When you eat a diet rich in fruits and veggies like leafy greens, you may lower your risk of developing cancer and heart disease, according to a review in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Aim for 1–2 servings per day, recommends Landau.
Read on to learn more about five of the most popular leafy greens, including nutrition highlights, how to prep and store them and ways you can add them to your plate.