I love sautéed greens. I eat them multiple days a week with whatever I'm having for lunch and/or dinner. I could go on and on about why greens are good for you, but it's easier to offer a few facts using spinach as an example:
- There are a ton of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits to eating spinach.
- Vitamin K, the compound responsible for maintaining healthy bones and tissues, is abundant in spinach - a cooked cup has 1000% your daily value (woah).
- There is a ton of Vitamin C in leafy greens. Our bodies don't store Vitamin C for when it's needed, so it's necessary to get adequate amounts each day through your food.
- Calorie for calorie, spinach (and other leafy greens) provide more nutrition than any other food.
So, if you want a quick and easy way to get more nutrients into your day, here's how.
1. Heat up some coconut oil (or your oil of choice) in a pan.
2. Dump your greens into the pan.
3. Start moving the greens around with tongs right away so they are evenly coated with oil.
4. Keep em' movin for about 3 minutes (depending on how hot your pan is).
5. That's it.
A few extra notes:
I have a deep love for garlic - I usually mince a couple cloves of garlic and toss them in the oil before I cook the greens.
You can add a lot of different things to greens to make them more delish: some lemon juice, balsamic or apple cider vinegar, or your favorite spices.
Don't overcook them. I like my greens to still have some crunch/texture. It's really easy to turn them to mush when they're cooked for too long. You shouldn't have to worry about this, though, because step #3-4 keep you at the stove so you can monitor how fast they're cooking.