Many kids have an aversion to eating dark leafy greens such as kale, chard, collard greens and spinach. Most parents find it a challenge to make their kids consume at least a minimal of these nutrient-packed vegetables.
The Prized Leafy Greens
Highly recognized dietary organizations propose adults and kids over the age of 9 to consume at least 1.5-2 cups of leafy greens per week. These are enriched with several vitamins and minerals at just 10 to 25 calories per half-cup serving. The leafy family is packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber, folate, vitamin K, magnesium, calcium, iron and potassium —the reason for insistence.
Leafy greens are highlighted for their support in promoting good vision, improving immune function, playing the role of an antioxidant that may help to prevent some types of cancer and regulating blood pressure. They are among the top healthy diet foods for weight loss.
How to Keep the Leafy Greens Sparkling Clean???
You should be double careful while preserving or washing these greens as they contain more dirt and water content. Always try storing these in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator where they will remain fresh for 3 to 5 days. Some leafy greens in the store may already be washed and cleaned, but this is not the same with every variety available for sale. Some may be fetched directly from the farmers market retaining the dirt and sand in the leaves. The best way to keep these leaves unsoiled is to submerge them in a bowl of cold water and keep swirling the leaves to sink all the dirt to the bottom of the bowl. Finally, move them out of the container and dry them with a clean utility towel. Though a bit dirtier, produce from a farmers market is anytime better that your local supermarket. This is because of the many advantages attached to it. Read more on these advantages at www.firsteatright.com.
Using a salad spinner can make your cleaning process much easier. You can also clean and blanch large batches of greens and store these in the freezer for later use. A sharp knife comes in handy when you need to cut the tough stems by simply folding the leaves in half lengthwise.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.