Leafy greens have been put on nutrition pedestal ages ago and have firmly remained the kings of healthy diets. And while many may consider them to be “rabbit food”, these nutrition powerhouses really should be present on our plates on the daily.
Dark leafy greens are among some of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world, and there are hundreds, if not thousands of them. We all know kale and spinach, but DLGs come in all shapes and sizes (and shades of green).
Leafy greens are a great source of fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, beta carotene, B-vitamins, magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, a myriad of antioxidants and polyphenols. Low in calories, they don’t provide much carbs, fat or protein.Each leafy green has a different combination of nutrients, so variety is key.
Antioxidant compounds are very beneficial to human health and their intake is associated with lower risk of some types of cancer, cardiovascular disease including stroke, depression, and diabetes, in addition to improvements in sleep quality, and lung function according to many scientific studies.
As a general rule, three cups of dark green vegetables per week can help to improve your diet although intake is individual.
There are many ways to include DLGs into your diet: smoothies, salads, juices and stir fries among others. Try our vegan cannelloni using Swiss chard that contains an impressive amount of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that your body needs.
Try this delicious Chard and roasted pepper cannellon recipe