Kale is the original super-green and it has that status because it really deserves it. “What makes kale so great for you is that it is loaded in vitamins like A, K, C, and Bs that help to keep your bones healthy, eyes healthy, boost your immunity, give you energy, and fight off free radicals in the body that cause damage and premature signs of aging,” explains registered dietitian Brigitte Zeitlin. “Plus, it is a great source of minerals like manganese, copper, calcium, and iron – all important when it comes to keeping your muscles healthy and bones strong.” And don’t forget it’s full of fiber, too.
But as great as kale is, some of us are still suffering from “kale fatigue.” So we want other veggies that’ll give us the nutrients we need. Here’s what Zeitlin advises.
- Edamame - Soybeans have lots of manganese, copper, and fiber, as well as vitamin K, which means they offer a lot of what kale does, but with a different texture and flavor. And edamame are also packed with protein, unlike kale.
- Spinach - We know it has iron, but spinach is also full of immune-boosting zinc, along with vitamins A and C, potassium, folate, and fiber
- Cauliflower - It’s got vitamin C, B vitamins, manganese, and fiber, plus it has choline.
- Beet greens and Swiss chard - Don’t forget about these nutritional powerhouses that are packed with fiber, minerals, and vitamins A and C. They also have a lot more potassium than kale, and it helps fight belly bloat, so load up on these greens.
- Broccoli - It’s also full of potassium, along with vitamins C and E, antioxidants that can help keep your youthful appearance.
Source: Women's Health