Leafy green vegetables are incredibly important in a healthy diet. What they lack in calories they more than make up for in essential vitamins, minerals and high fiber content. Adding more greens to your diet can offer incredible health benefits such as reduced risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.
Here are three greens that you can use to give your body a boost.
Collard Greens are a family favorite high in calcium and one of the best sources of vitamin K which plays an important role in blood clotting. So the next time you make a plate on Sunday dinner grab an extra helping of greens to promote bone health and reduce blood clotting.
Whether eaten raw in a salad or steamed as a side, this leafy green is known for its variety of health benefits. Loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, eating spinach may reduce blood pressure levels, benefit eye health, and even help prevent cancer. Maybe Popeye was on to something.
This hearty green is a real life superfood. A cup (67 grams) of raw kale contains plenty of B vitamins, potassium, calcium and copper. It also fulfills your entire daily requirement for vitamins A, C and K. Add a cup to your next smoothie for an easy health boost.
All of these greens and more than 70 varieties of fruits and vegetables are at Forty Acres Fresh Market.
Our next popup market is Friday Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 16, at 5051 W Chicago Avenue. Visit fortyacresfreshmarket.com for market hours and more information.