Top Trending Veggies: Greens Made Popular by Foodies

We’re all trying to live our best lives, whether it’s using less plastic, recycling or maintaining a healthy diet. Green veggies seem to always have a place on your dinner plate. They are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. According to a recent study in the British Medical Journal, a daily serving of green veggies can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes by 14%. In light of this, we’ve rounded up that top 5 healthy and nutritious green veggies available.

5.) Kale

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Kale has become so trendy that a backlash has set in, making it the butt of many jokes. Foodie Underground even listed 25 pick-up lines for kale lovers. But you can’t beat it for nutrients and versatility. Eat baby kale leaves in salad, stir-fry mature leaves, add it to soups and stews, tuck a leaf into a sandwich. The spine running through the middle of the leaves can be tough, so reserve that part for a slow-cooked stew or your compost pile.

The superfood is packed with lutein, an antioxidant that protects eyesight and plenty of vitamin C. As a member of Brassica family along with broccoli and brussels sprouts, kale contains sulforaphane, a nutrient that has cancer-fighting properties. Kale is also very high in iron, per calorie kale actually has more iron than beef. Additionally, per calorie kale contains more calcium than milk. With one cup of kale only equating to 36 calories and 0 grams of fat, kale is a great addition to any meal.