We should all be eating more leafy green vegetables, we know this, it's drummed into most of us from a very young age. So why? In that case don't we eat enough leafy green vegetables? This we can't answer, but what we can do is explain more about why they are good for us and which ones to keep a special eye out for.
With different cooking methods from around the world, like stir frying and flash frying becoming more common place in our homes, their are new ways to prepare green leafy vegetables to make them more appealing, for adults and children alike.
Straight out the trap here's a list of green vegetables together along with some information about each one. These are not in any order of nutritional value:
Kale – a leafy green vegetable that stands toe to toe with any other in the nutritional ring. Their are many different verities and all with similar nutritional goodness. An everyday staple in the East and Orient, kale is versatile and delicious; boiled, baked or stir fried. Kale has been mooted in a few corners as 'the worlds' healthiest vegetable'. A 100 grams packs 200% of our RDA for both vitamin A & C, as well as good quantities of vitamin B6, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and proteins.
Other great leafy green vegetables that readily available and good for us are:
This isn't a conclusive list and we will be writing more about the vegetables listed above and more in coming articles.
Dark green vegetables are another category of veg over and above 'standard' vegetables, the nutritional properties of the darker green veg tend to vary slightly. They tend to have a couple of extra nutrients that are derived from their darker colour, which is cause by an abundance of chlorophyll.
Here is list of vegetable that are considered dark green vegetables, however this again isn't a conclusive list.
Dark green vegetables as well as contain lots of great vitamins and minerals they also contain an abundance of other compounds such as:
Because of the high levels of antioxidants, vitamin and minerals that dark green leafy vegetables have, they are accredited with being the best food for cancer and heart disease prevention.
So tuck in...
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