COLLARD GREENS – HIGH IN CALCIUM
Collard greens are a great way to add more plant-based calcium into the diet. This smokey and tangy recipe while getting plenty of vitamins, minerals, and plant-based nutrients. 1 cup of cooked collard greens contains a whopping 266mg of calcium. The recipe below is simple to make, uses one pot, requires minimal cleanup, and can be done in under 30 mins. Have a batch of this for dinner or lunch. Quick, Simple, Healthy, Perfecto!
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF COLLARD GREENS?
- High in Vitamins C, K, and A
- Rich in calcium to support bone health
- Part of the cruciferous plant family which is been recently more popularly studied with understood anti-cancer effects
- Only approx 63 calories per cup cooked
- High Nutrient Density Value
- Very Low on the Glycemic Index
- Can assist in lowering blood pressure
- Contains fiber which can bind to bile acids and lower LDL cholesterol levels
WHY IS THIS A NO-FRY METHOD?
There is the option to char and fry the bacon a bit if you would like. This may possibly add more flavor for some individuals. However, if we were to take a health optimization approach, we may avoid frying things in oil as it has been known to produce more carcinogens both in the air and in the food as the fat in the food starts to oxidize. Also, the no-fry method is the easiest, time-saving, one-pot method, so I am all for the combination of saving time and making healthy food!
However, if you wanted to, you could saute the bacon and onions first in the pot, then add the collard greens, water or broth and let the liquid reduce.
WHAT KIND OF BACON DO I BUY FOR THIS COLLARD GREEN RECIPE?
You will want to source your meats thoughtfully if possible. Pastured meats from local transparent sources bring you a bit closer to better quality. If you can’t find a good source or don’t know where to look, US Wellness Meats is well known as well as Butcher Box.
Inspect the bacon that you buy to assure it is not injected with extraneous water (found in some cheaper kinds of bacon), which can cause unnecessary and potentially dangerous splatters in your hot pan.
Products I Used To Make Smokey Collard Greens
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