Spring is a time for new beginnings and clearing out winter stillness with bitter, astringent foods like dark green leafy greens.
Intentionally adding in more dark green vegetables to your family meals is a great way to embrace new spring beginnings and slowly incorporate healthy habits.
What are your family’s favorite dark green vegetables?
Some examples of dark green vegetables include:
Leafy greens (spinach, kale, collards, Bok choy), broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, green bell pepper, zucchini, cucumber, green beans, and green peas.
Health benefits of dark green vegetables:
- Rich in fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and regulate digestion.
- Great source of potassium, which helps to regulate blood pressure and promotes bone health.
- Dark green leafy greens, like kale or spinach, are packed with vitamins and minerals (vitamins A, C, E, K, folate, as well as iron, calcium potassium, and magnesium) to promote overall health and immune function.
- Packed with antioxidants, which help to protect cells against damage.
Ideas to add dark green vegetables to your family meals:
- Add leafy greens or other green vegetables to your morning eggs, smoothies, sandwiches, wraps, soups, casseroles, and stir-frys
- Add shredded zucchini to banana muffins
- Add broccoli to your macaroni and cheese
- Slice green bell peppers and eat raw with your favorite dip
- Pair your lunch or dinner with a leafy green side salad
- Steam vegetables for a simple side dish
Give it a try: add spinach to meatballs!
Turkey Spinach Meatballs
- Baking sheet
- Mixing bowl
- cutting board
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1 onion small
- 2 cloves garlic finely chopped (or 1 tsp ground garlic)
- 1 cup spinach finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano optional
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper optional
- salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.
- Roll mixture into 1-inch balls. Place meatballs onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Wash hands well and sanitize all utensils and work surfaces.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
- (Alternatively, you can cook meatballs in a skillet on the stovetop.)