Are You on Kale Overload?
Kale. We sauté it, eat it raw, and add it to smoothies. Even though kale is a high-fiber, low-calorie food option packed with nutrients, eating it all of the time (like many foods) can become monotonous. If you are beyond tired of eating kale on your diet program, here are six healthy and nutritious alternatives to mix things up.
Spinach: Much like kale, spinach is versatile and packed with nutrients. Spinach provides protein, iron, and other vitamins and minerals that promote healthy skin, hair, and bones. Spinach is as delicious in smoothies as it is in a salad, soup, or sauté.
Turnip Greens: Turnip greens are an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber. Unlike spinach, not all turnip greens can be eaten raw. The young greens can be consumed without being cooked, but the mature, larger turnip greens have an adamant flavor. Larger turnip greens can be sautéed in olive oil with garlic, onions, and chili peppers for a healthy veggie alternative with a kick.
Bok Choy: Bok choy is a cabbage that is leafy with a stalk similar to turnip greens. Bok choy is rich in vitamins K, C, and A. It is also loaded with potassium and B vitamins. The most popular way to enjoy bok choy is sautéed, but it can be served in other ways, to, such as in soups.
Savoy Cabbage: Savoy cabbage is a sweeter, tenderer version of green or red cabbage. Savoy cabbage is high in dietary fiber and protein. Because it has a mild flavor, it is ideal to enjoy in salads or by itself raw. Savoy cabbage can also be cooked.
Beets Greens: Although beets are not part of the GreenLite diet, the leafy greens are. The greens are the most nutritious part of the plant. Beets are high in vitamins A, C, B2, E, and K. They are also an excellent source of potassium, iron, fiber, and calcium. The greens can be eaten raw or cooked. GreenLite Diet Program Tip: The large beets greens are great to use in place of bread to make lettuce wraps!
Broccoli Rabe: Also known as rapini, this green veggie has a unique look and robust flavor. Broccoli rabe contains vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, and protein. It is also packed with lutein, for optimal eye health. Broccoli rabe can be steamed, sautéed, or blanched.
A few other options to explore while eating clean on a diet program include collard greens, Swiss chard, and mustard greens. When you are tired of kale, or if there happens to be a kale shortage, the options – especially during the summer months at the farmer’s market – are numerous.