Ingredient Spotlight - Leafy Green Vegetables – Simple Mills

You’ve heard it before but we’re sayin’ it again: Eat your [leafy] greens! What’s so great about them, you ask? Simply put, leafy greens are remarkably good for your health. Incorporating these greens into your diet will fuel your body with vitamins, minerals, fiber and disease-fighting phytochemicals. They’re also known to lower cholesterol, improve bone health and even lower the risks of certain cancers. So chomp down on those greens – you can never have too much!

 

Leafy Greens that Simple Mills Loves:

Bok Choy

 
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Originally cultivated in China, this leafy green is packed with nutrients. Bok Choy is known to contain compounds that help the body fight cancer cells, boost the immune system and aid in heart health. (Not to mention, it’s crunchy and delicious!) Check out these 5 different ways to cook with Bok Choy.

Broccoli Rabe

 
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This leafy green may have a bitter taste, but it’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world. Not only is it full of potassium, calcium, fiber and other vitamins, but it also contains lutein, an antioxidant that protect your eyes. This superfood may also provide health benefits for people who suffer from asthma and allergies. Be sure to try these easy and mouth-watering recipes.
 
Mustard Greens

 
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These leafy greens are as full of flavor as they are nutrients.  They are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation and protect healthy cells in the body. Aside from getting your daily dose of vitamins, mustard greens can also detoxify your blood and liver, as well as lower cholesterol. They work amazing as side dishes and you can see a quick and simple recipe here.

Swiss Chard

 
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This gorgeous leafy green is full of biotin, which can help your hair grow stronger and longer. And aside from boosting your luscious locks, eating this vegetable can regulate your blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of colon cancer. Not sure how to include Swiss Chard into your diet? Here are 19 creative recipe ideas.

Watercress


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Often overlooked, watercress is one of our absolute favorites. It contains more vitamin C than an orange, more calcium than milk, and more iron than spinach! This small, crispy vegetable is also known to lower the risk of breast cancer, while improving heart and thyroid health. This leafy green can work into almost any recipe – if you need ideas, check out these quick and healthy recipes.



 

We may love our leafy greens here at Simple Mills, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love our treats! Here’s a secret: These brownies are packed with spinach. (You can find the recipe here.) Enjoy!

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