Focus on Greens

You may have heard it is important to eat fruits and vegetables.  But did you know that you also need to eat different colors of fruits and vegetables, too? You may have heard the term, Eat the Rainbow?  Eating a variety of colors provides many different nutrients and helps us get all the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need.
Want to give it a try? Pick a color theme for the week. For example, purchase a variety of green foods and let your family try them all. Eat a variety of green vegetables instead of the same one every day.
Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and cabbage, are rich in calcium and vitamins K, A, and C. Fresh greens are also fat and cholesterol free, which makes them a great food for a healthy heart!
Trying new recipes can be a fun way to incorporate a variety of new foods into your diet. Greens are versatile ingredients that enhance any recipe. Greens have very unique flavors, some are stronger and bolder than others. For example:
  • Use spinach (which has a mild flavor) to make a delicious salad with apples and raisins.
  • For a quick and nutritious snack, use fresh kale to make kale chips.
  • Add collard or mustard greens to your stir-fry.
  • Like a bolder, peppery flavor, add arugula to your salad.
These are just a few ways to incorporate greens into your day. For more ideas, visit our Eat Smart Recipes for vegetables.
Eating as many colors as possible is a great way to make sure you are getting all the essential vitamins and nutrients your body needs. Also, remember to change it up and eat different foods of each color to keep your meals healthy and fun.
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  1. Spinach is a very good vegetable and perfect for the health. You can use it as a food and can use it as a salad also. Green vegetables are usually contains the Vitamin C and very good for the health.

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