Variety is the spice of life and too much of a good thing can be bad, so it’s important to eat a variety of healthy foods.   Many people trying to lose weight tend to eat the same few healthy foods thinking they are eating smart. Instead they are not getting all the nutrients they need because they aren’t diversifying their diets enough. If you are in a similar rut, try these 5 under appreciated leafy greens for some much needed nutrients. Everyone has heard of the leafy green staples: Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Bok Choy and Cabbage. When talking about leafy greens, the darker the better and more nutrients packed.

 

Microgreens

Microgreens are basically freshly sprouted leafy greens that according to scientists pack a considerably higher concentration of vitamins and carotenoids than mature greens. Just this fact alone should inspire you to find a way to incorporate microgreens into your daily intake.

Obviously this is something you can cultivate in your home garden and really eat farm to table. Find some organic microgreens and give them a try, you will be pleasantly surprised.

 

Arugula

Arugula is the lettuce with a bite you have been looking for to add a kick to your salads. This leafy green can help your cardiovascular health as well, so get it into your belly. Try this on a freshly baked pizza for a real flavor explosion. This leafy green is a real hit in my household.

 

Beet Greens

Beet greens are literally the top of beets that most people just toss in the trash after they chop them off. Stop with the food waste people! They taste similar to kale with a less bitter bite. You can add them to your salads, your smoothies or with some other roasted veggies.

These greens are some of the most nutrient rich and it’s a shame that most people throw them away. Adding them to your diet will punch up your calcium and magnesium levels while cranking up your potassium.

 

Swiss Chard

Swiss chard can be some of the most beautiful leafy greens especially the rainbow versions. These can be sautéed, eaten raw or used as a replacement for tortillas. Imagine eating Mexican food without feeling guilty for the wasted calories in your wraps. Eating Swiss chard adds much needed vitamins like A, C and K. Its time to diversify your diet with some chard and you won’t be sorry.

 

Collard greens

If you are from the South like me, then you already know the awesomeness of Collard Greens. These huge leafy greens can be substituted for a wrap in any situation. Try a collard green burrito next time and see how many calories you can save this way.   Add some ham to a boiling pot of collards, mix in some vinegar and you have the southern staple that will knock your socks off.

 

Adding these five leafy greens into your daily caloric intake will make your body healthier and your belly happier.  Find your greens and add in some variety to awaken your taste buds.