St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend, so you know what that means - green everything! But instead of just wearing green this year, why not try eating green too?
Leafy green vegetables are full of nutrients like folate, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium. Lettuce is probably the first leafy green vegetable that comes to mind, but there are so many other vegetables available in your grocery store. Branch out and try other leafy greens like bok choy, kale, arugula, rapini, or dandelion greens. These darker greens are also more nutrient-dense than lettuce, so including them into your diet is definitely a plus!
Here are some ideas to add these leafy greens into your diet:
And a last tip: your leafy greens will last longer in the fridge when you line the plastic bag with a paper towel. The paper towel absorbs the condensation from vegetables to keep it from spoiling. Make sure you keep the plastic bag open and leave your greens unwashed until you use them!
Renita Lam, MPH, RD