Idea for a New Year’s Resolution: Try New Greens
Are you looking for a healthy New Year’s resolution for 2014?
Here’s an idea: try incorporating more green leafy vegetables into your diet.
Whenever you go to the grocery store or farmers’ market, buy a green leafy vegetable that you haven’t tried before or one that you don’t use on a regular basis. There are so many to try, depending on the season: collards, kale (many kinds), rainbow chard, turnip greens, swiss chard, mustard greens, spinach, cabbage, broccoli rabe, dandelion greens, arugula, etc.
Then use it in a new recipe or incorporate it into a familiar dish. In the spring and summer, grow some leafy greens in your garden, or even in a pot. Hopefully, by the end of the year, you will have incorporated a number of these healthy vegetables into your food repertoire.
To make things even easier, we have put a link to a fantastic website that has many healthy recipes on our “Resources” page, which you can reach by clicking here.
One of our favorite recipes, Tuscan Kale Salad, uses lacinato (dinosaur) kale. It’s delicious! It’s from Dr. Weil’s website.
TUSCAN KALE SALAD
4-6 cups kale, loosely packed, sliced leaves of Italian black (Lacinato, “dinosaur,” cavolo nero) midribs removed
juice of 1 lemon
3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, mashed
salt & pepper, to taste
hot red pepper flakes, to taste
2/3 cup grated Pecorino Toscano cheese (Rosselino variety if you can find it) or other flavorful grating cheese such as Asiago or Parmesan
1/2 cup freshly made bread crumbs from lightly toasted bread
This link will take you to Dr. Weil’s webpage for this recipe, where he has more information.