Sunday, November 11, 2012
Good Info to Know...
The health benefits derived from leafy green vegetables go beyond their concentrated sources of nutrition. Leafy green vegetables are the source of vitamin K, C, E folate, fiber, the minerals calcium and iron.
It seems the darker the leaf, the better it is for you, due to their phytonutrient component. These so-called nutrients are components found in plants that are believed to promote health but cannot be labeled as nutrients because they are not essential for life. We do not necessarily need them to live but we can take advantage of their health promoting proprieties!
Dark greens vary in flavor from mild (spinach, escarole) to peppery (arugula, mustard greens) to mildly bitter (kale). In terms of texture: crunchy (escarole), chewy (kale) or soft (spinach).
When storing your green vegetables, wrap in a slightly damp paper towel and place them inside a plastic bag before storing them in the refrigerator. This prevents your green vegetables from drying out and wilting in the fridge and increases storage life!