Kale is one part health food, one part mass media obsession. Between its now irrevocable place on any restaurant menu and its appearance in Beyonce’s last music video (7/11), there is no denying that Kale has become a staple of our generation (Whole Foods and Queen Bey unite). But for those of us who never quite got the “kale thing,” or for those of us who love this superfood but are ready for something new, we have come up with five alternatives that are just as nutritious.
Poor Popeye has become less popular since kale has stolen center stage. But don’t forget about this important super food! It is virtually calorie-free and packed with vitamins A, C, K, and folate as well as calcium and magnesium, fiber and beta-carotene. You really can’t go wrong by adding spinach to any meal.
2. Beet Greens
Beet greens contain protein, fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper…the list goes on. The point is, this superstar vegetable can act as a substitute for kale any day. The nutrients in beet greens help to ward off blood clots, osteoporosis, strengthens the immune system and may play a role in fighting off Alzheimer’s disease.
3. Rainbow Chard
Rainbow Chard (also known as Swiss chard) is the complete package: both beautiful and nutrient dense. It contains fiber, Vitamins A and K, iron and phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are made up of antioxidant compounds and help lower risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and certain degenerative neurological conditions. Rainbow chard is the ultimate combination of color and quality nutrition—perfect for presentation and health.
4. Sweet Potato Greens (leaves)
Not only are sweet potatoes some of the healthiest carbohydrates you can eat, the green leaves that sprout from the ground are also nutrient dense. Who knew? Sweet potato greens contain Vitamin A, folate, magnesium and some protein with very few carbohydrates and no fat.
5. Collard Greens
Collard greens are cruciferous vegetables full of vitamins A, C, K and manganese. They can help to lower cholesterol and lower cancer risks by supporting your detox and anti-inflammatory systems. (Also, rumor has it that collard greens are the new kale!)