If you want to pack your diet full of important nutrients, add more green vegetables to each meal.
“Green vegetables are valuable sources of vitamins A and C, folate, fiber and potassium,” says Matthew Riffle, MD, internal medicine physician at Physicians Park Primary Care and Immediate Convenient Care.
“In addition, they are naturally low in fat and calories. Generally, if it is green, it is good for you.”
Some of the healthiest green vegetables include:
- Kale – It is packed with vitamins A, C and K and is a good source of calcium, potassium and folate. “Kale is probably the healthiest leafy green,” says Riffle.
- Broccoli – This treelike vegetable has only 25 calories per serving and includes lots of vitamin C. It also has vitamin A, potassium and folate.
- Spinach – Cooked spinach is even healthier than raw spinach, but both give you high amounts of vitamins A and C and folate.
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