Collard greens can be an incredibly nutritious dish, but how they are prepared is important. Collards are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C and, as part of the cruciferous vegetable family, can help your body produce compounds that cleanse your liver! However, when greens are cooked in leftover animal grease or stewed with ham hocks, bacon, or turkey necks, they become a significant source of unhealthy saturated fat. Try sautéing greens in oil instead of animal grease or butter and adding leaner cuts of meat such as skinless chicken or turkey. Small changes to traditional preparation will allow your body to enjoy collard greens as much as you do! Click here for a healthier collard green recipe (try it with low sodium vegetable broth for healthiest option).
Written by Spectrum nutritionist Christina LiPuma, RDN, LDN