No diet is truly optimized without a healthy amount of leafy greens. These plant foods are truly a miracle of nature, and are loaded with vitamins and minerals; they also are low in calories so you can eat plenty of them without gaining weight. Leafy greens can be eaten in sandwiches, be part of casseroles and can be eaten in numerous types of salads.
What are leafy greens?
There are both common and relatively uncommon leafy green vegetables available to you. Most you can get at the produce department at your local supermarket but others you may have to grow in containers in your house or in a garden or visit a store like Whole Foods.
Leafy green vegetables include:
- Red and Green Leaf and Romaine Lettuce
- Edible Green Leaves: dandelion, red clover, plantain, watercress and chickweed
- Mustard greens
- Dandelion greens
- Swiss chard
- Turnip greens