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5 of the best green vegetables we should eat.

Tom Blackett   |  13/10/2014

It’s no secret that vegetables (especially green vegetables) aren’t number 1 on everyone’s ‘favourite food’ list.  Let’s be honest, the majority of them taste horrible – especially broccoli which taste like a crunchy old fart!  However, despite my resentment towards greens, I do my best to include them in my diet regularly.  

Unfortunately it is leafy green vegetables, not chocolate, that are brimming with fibre along with vitamins, minerals, and plant-based substances that may help protect you from heart disease, diabetes, and perhaps even cancer.   So here’s a list of the top 5 greens I recommend you eat/force down (and why!)

 

1).  Spinach.  Spinach is packed with vitamin A, C and folate which all play a key role in maintaining a healthy body.  Vitamin A is responsible for maintaining healthy skin and eyesight as well as aiding growth and reproduction, Vitamin C is needed for growth and repair of tissue in all parts of your body and folate allows for complete development of red blood cells.  So all in all a pretty amazingly nutritious leaf.  Furthermore it only has 20 calories per serving and actually tastes OK.  I like my spinach with a drizzle of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and pinch of salt and pepper (as close to delicious as greens get!)

2). Kale.  Kale, like spinach, is also packed with vitamin A, C and folate, but also contains a decent amount of calcium and a bit of potassium.  The additional calcium helps maintain healthy bones and teeth whilst the potassium helps the communication of nerves and muscles.  So get on with it and get it down you!

3). Broccoli.  Broccoli – My nemesis.  I hate broccoli, I really really do, but it’s often the best value green vegetable in the supermarket which is why it always ends up in my fridge! It goes ok with stir fry and fresh pasta and is just about acceptable with a roast dinner, but honestly I’d rather not have it at all.  Whatever you do DO NOT blend it into your vanilla flavoured protein shake in an attempt to get it down you easier, I guarantee you it’ll come straight back up.  I’m told that it’s rich in vitamin A, C, folate and potassium – It better be!

4). Rocket.  This hot, peppery leaf actually tastes pretty good so I’m not really sure why I’ve ranked it number 4.  Rocket is a great way of livening up a salad and like all the other greens on this blog is rich in vitamin A and C.  It’s also rich in fibre and sulfuraphane, a substance known to have potent anti-cancer properties.  Pretty cool eh?

5). Cabbage.  Although not as nutritious as the above, cabbage is still packed with vitamin C and other cancer fighting compounds.  But I think the real reason cabbage has made it into my top 5 is because it’s bearable and versatile!  Cabbage actually goes really well in a chopped salad and also makes a great coleslaw.  Red cabbage can also be cooked into a really nice sweet and sour dish when cooked with sugar, vinegar, apples and an assortment of other ingredients (although admittedly it becomes not as healthy!)

How have I got myself into a position where I’m obliged to eat green vegetables on a regular basis?  I should have picked another career!  Anyhow time to stop whinging and get myself to the grocers.

Good luck everyone!