Fresh, dark green vegetables are rich in vitamins (particularly A and B complex) and minerals, which are necessary to help your body use the protein in other foods. These are also high in folic acid, which is essential for good growth, and which protects against neurological disorders and spina bifida. Greens also play a role in the formation of red blood cells. A deficiency could lead to anemia. The darker the greens... the higher the concentration of vitamins and minerals!
Recommendation: 2 servings per day.
If you have a hard time with the idea of green food - blend it!! My favorite way to get greens into my day...my morning smoothie. Start with greens that are a little lower on the "green" taste, like spinach or a darker leaf lettuce. Then work your way up to the more intense flavors like kale, arugula, chards...
My favorite add-ins to taste something besides the green is to put in bananas, apples, honey, molasses, a thin slice of ginger...any combination of those goes a long way to add in other flavors. Lastly, add in fruit that hides the green - raspberries are the best!! Cherries and blueberries make it more purple than red, but at least it's not green as you create a new habit.
When you are eating greens, enhance their flavor with Vitamin-C rich foods. The Vitamin C helps the body absorb the folate and calcium available in these foods. Dairy foods inhibit mineral absorption...so during pregnancy hold the ranch, and do use the citrus vinaigrette!
More reading on greens:
Top 10 List of Folate-Rich Foods from Healthaliciousness
The Best Leafy Greens from Essentials of Health Care
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