You know, deep in your heart, that you should be eating leafy greens several times a week – it is said often enough to give this wisdom a good thought. But, how often do you actually consume leafy greens, and enjoy it at the same time? Let’s be honest, one can only eat so much lettuce, we are omnivores after all. The best way to go about introducing more greens into your life is to diversify. Branch out and try something new to you. Watercress is one leafy green you shouldn’t miss out on. Here are 10 leafy greens you may not know if you want to explore other to try.
Watercress is mainly eaten raw, though if you find it a tad too peppery, you can sauté the leaves in a small amount of olive oil to tame the sharpness. However, it is exactly its spiciness that gives watercress its nutrition. This tiny leaf is rich in bio-available vitamins A, K, and C. If you’re AIP and need a way to add some peppery flavors, watercress is always a great option. If you can’t find fresh watercress at the store, go ahead and substitute the same amount of arugula. It will be peppery – and absolutely wonderful! Or go half and half, the choice is yours alone.
Try adding different greens, like watercress, to your spinach tomato frittata. It always a good idea to rotate the greens in your Paleo meals.
Beef, Watercress And Pear Salad Recipe
Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.
- 2 bunches watercress, stems removed
- 2 small cucumbers
- 2 Bosc pears, cut into cubes
- 1 lb. beef strips, cooked
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 green onion, finely chopped
- Salt and pepper
- Combine the watercress, cucumbers, beef strips and pears in a bowl.
- In another small bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice, garlic, ginger and green onions. Whisk everything together and season with salt and pepper.
- Dress the salad with the vinaigrette right before serving.