Easy Greens

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.