Move Over, Kale: Let Other Greens Have a Chance to Shine
Kale has been touted as the superfood of superfoods. It is the gold medalist, the Pulitzer Prize winner, the star of the show. It has been said to possess miraculous curative properties for health issues from A to Z. Kale has become so common you can often find kale chips in flavors like sour cream and onion wrapped in pretty packaging in your local chip aisle!
Why all the hype? Kale is a cruciferous vegetable, in the same family as broccoli and Brussels sprouts. It is rich in vitamins K, A, and C. And according to a study published in Biopharmica and Biomedicine, kale is one of the strongest anti-inflammatory foods out there. Its tremendous benefits in this area are in part due to its ideal Omega 3:6 ratio.
Kale also provides antioxidants, which are important because they scavenge free radicals that, left unchecked, can damage our cells. It detoxifies, provides superb support for the heart, and is an excellent source of folate. Finally, its greatest benefit may lie in the fact that it has been shown to fight cancer. Several of the chemicals in kale can inactivate carcinogens, protect cells from DNA damage, decrease tumor cell migration, and inhibit tumor blood vessel formation.1 So, kale is indeed an almost perfect food.
But here’s the thing: Many of the studies that showed these tremendous health benefits were studying not just kale but other vegetables as well. It is time to shed some light on these other vegetables because they can definitely hold their own.
Common Green Vegetables With Killer Nutritional Value
There are probably a dozen green vegetables that you use on a regular basis that could be fighting cancer in your body right now. But there are seven that I especially like for their unique healthful properties.
Mysterious Green Vegetables You Do Not Want to Miss
We all get into ruts at the grocery store. Grab the lettuce, some carrots, broccoli, and maybe a tomato or two, and you can cross off the “veggies” line on your grocery list. Hold up. There are some powerful, nutrient-dense, crazy-looking vegetables available to you, sometimes right in your front yard.
Preparation Options for Your New Favorite Greens
So now that we’ve introduced all the ladies, what are we going to do with them? Four ideas: salads, soups, smoothies, and stir fries! With both raw and cooked preparations, you have lots of flexibility in what to incorporate and how. Want some inspiration?
SALAD: Spinach salad with broccoli, red pepper, and onions. Give it some punch with arugula and dandelion greens.
SOUP: Romanian ammo soup. Add rapini, dandelion leaves, and purslane. It already contains Brussels sprouts and swiss chard!
SMOOTHIE: Beet greens smoothie. With a mild flavor (compared to kale), beet greens are a super addition to fruit-based smoothies.
STIR FRY: Chef Kiren’s Okra Stir Fry. In addition to okra, this recipe has the added superfood power of ginger and turmeric.
Next time you want to give your body a hit of green goodness, consider changing up the routine and opting for some of the “other” greens that share kale’s superfood status but are often overlooked. It will help keep things fresh and interesting in the kitchen, and your body will thank you for it!