Why we should love our greens

Hi, everyone. I’m Jasmine. And each week I’ll be offering nutrition tips about the food included in our CSA shares.

After returning home from the first CSA potluck of the season, I am so inspired by all the new people I have met and the delicious dishes that were shared!

Kristen, our Farm Manager, filled us in on the crops, and we are headed into a season full of leafy greens! So, this week I thought I would focus on what will be a large part of our CSA shares.

Why we should love our greens:

1. They are strong providers of minerals iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium.

2. They pack a punch of vitamin K, C, E. K alone helps protect bones from osteoporosis, balance blood clotting, and protect us from anti inflammatory diseases.

3. Dark green leaves mean high fiber and flavor. The fiber is held in the stalk and the veins of the plant; vitamins and minerals are stored in the leaf.

4. They have tons of phytochemicals, such as beta carotene, which help your body repair damaged cells.

5. Just 2-3 servings a week can help lower the risk of stomach, breast and skin cancers.

How to cook them for the biggest nutritional impact: Your body likes when you eat the greens with dressing or cook them with a little oil. Adding a little oil helps the body break down and absorb more efficiently.

If you are looking for new ideas and recipes on how to use your greens, try Seasonal Chef.

And don’t miss Moriah’s Garlic Scape and Radish Green Pesto.

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