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Fresh Ideas for Healthy Living
by Cheryl Tallman, Healthy Eating

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends Americans consume 3 cups of leafy greens weekly or about 1/2 cup each day. These vegetables thrive in the cold of winter, making now the perfect time to start getting more greens in your diet.

leafy greensLeafy greens are packed with nutrients including Vitamins A, C and K; folate, calcium and iron while providing a good source of fiber.

Common greens found in American grocery stores

Arugula: Packing a punch of peppery flavor, arugula has long, spiked leaves and is a great source of calcium and magnesium.

Bok Choy: This mild, cabbage-flavored leaf is a good source of vitamins A and C. It's great in salads and is often found in stir fries.

Broccoli: There's more to this bunch than just the florets! The crunchy stalks and lettuce-like leaves are delicious too and together provide the body with vitamins A, C, K, folate and fiber.

Collard Greens: Mild in flavor and a staple in Southern cooking, these large leaves are often boiled or found in soups.

Kale: An increasing popular green, kale's slightly bitter flavor has not deterred its inclusion in everything from soup to smoothies.

Spinach: The second most popular green in the US, spinach is very mild in flavor and can easily be added to any dish for a boost in vitamins A and K, folate, iron and calcium.

Getting More Greens in Your Family's Diet

Smoothies: Smoothies are an excellent way to increase the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, including leafy greens. Try adding 1/2 cup of spinach or kale to this basic smoothie recipe.

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@ 12:20pm ET on June 17, 2013 Anyone have any good Kale recipes? I am trying really hard to incorporate Kale into my diet but I just can't seem to make it any way that I can eat it. I have put it into salads, casseroles, soups, and sauces. about the only way I can intake it is if I mask it in a smoothy or shake. Any suggestions?
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