GREENS: a simple tip for buying, storing and eating all those super healthy greens.

We all know we should be eating more greens.  That seems to be the advice we keep getting from all sources.  Spinach, kale, collard greens, chard, beet greens even dandelion greens. More greens, greener greens, healthier greens…it is a worthwhile goal that many of us have.  Leafy greens are one of the richest sources of nutrients we can get!  Super high in vitamins A and C and necessary minerals (that many are deficient in) like magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron. The problem is, once we have found a reliable place to get these healthy, fresh greens, how do we store them so they don’t go bad so quickly (seems they have a 2 day shelf life!) and then what to do make eating them easier!  Yes!

Here is one simple habit I have incorporated to make it easier to keep these super greens around all the time.  Here’s my super unique tip: I buy them fresh, in bulk from Costco. Ha! That’s right!  It works and it gets the job done.  They usually have giant bags of some super green or another, or a bunch of them mixed together!  Score!

So, in short…here’s what I do.  Buy the fresh greens. Cook the greens in some water (about 7 minutes until wilted through). Strain the greens. (Squeeze all the water out). Freeze the greens on a tray. Transfer to a freezer bag. Use whenever I need them.  Then, I pull them from the freezer and use them whenever I need in soups, stews and even smoothies.

 

There is also a naturally occurring substance in many of these super greens called oxalic acid that some think can block our absorption of minerals. There is some debate on this (that you can research further), but it is thought that lightly cooking the greens and discarding the cooking liquid can reduce this oxalic acid.  So, to avoid any problems…and to keep them around longer….I cook my bulk greens.

That’s it! My super simple tip! Its super easy and makes it so I can have super healthy greens available whenever I want…way longer than in their fresh state.  Yay!

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