Collard greens are a kitchen staple in many southern homes here in the United States and are adored by many! Their smoky flavor and meaty texture make them a great addition to a variety of delicious meals. Full of folate, potassium, calcium, and fiber, it’s no wonder that these leafy greens help us feel our best! Collards contain health promoting sulfur compounds (glucosinolates) that help to increase the liver’s ability to produce enzymes to eliminate harmful toxins. Collards also provide us with antioxidant protection with vitamins A, C, E, manganese and zinc. Studies have shown that collard greens are very beneficial for eye health and strong bones. They also provide the body with strong antioxidant protection, helping to keep our immune system strong. Collard greens contain heart-healthy dietary fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. They are also a good source of energizing B vitamins and muscle-building protein.
DID YOU KNOW:
- Washing your collard greens (and other leafy green vegetables) before storing them in your refrigerator can encourage spoilage. Give your greens a nice rinse right before you are ready to prepare a meal.
- Collard greens are a good source of iron and phosphorus.