After a recent trip to Whole Foods I found myself mesmerized by an educational poster in the elevator on the power of greens. Whole Foods uses the “ANDI” (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index) to showcase healthy food options in their store and this particular poster was emphasizing the nutrient density of several varieties of greens. I loved the fact that the poster highlighted some less-common greens, ones that rarely become make it to the average household’s dinner table. So I’d like to elaborate the poster and teach you a bit more about some well-known and lesser known greens that will do your body good.
Collard greens (ANDI score=1000) Out of all the greens in the cabbage family, collards have the greatest cholesterol-lowering abilities. They also have amazing anti-cancer properties, are packed with Vitamin C, soluble fiber and many other vitamins and minerals. Try sauteing them with a little olive oil, onions and garlic. They make the healthiest side dish out there!