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October 7th, 2021 | By Alicia Silverstone


Dark leafy greens are some of the healthiest foods we can eat. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, they also taste amazing, are versatile, and kids love them. Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy them.

Whenever I have kale with umeboshi vinegar and flaxseed oil I think, “My God, if people aren’t eating this, they are crazy!”

If you haven’t been using the ume-flax combo on greens, you are missing out! It is just so delicious. Of course, sometimes greens like kale, collards, or bok choy are good on their own – especially for superheroes. But when you feel like your greens need a little extra kick, you must put a tad of umeboshi vinegar and a bit of flaxseed oil on them. Yum! The Bok Choy and Ume Vinaigrette recipe in my book (p. 264-265) will do the trick, and ume-flax dressing is insane with cabbage, leeks, and toasted sunflower seeds too.

Also, if you are afraid or new to greens, and they sound disgusting to you, this will cure you! Try some greens with my Tahini Dressing (p. 263), Basic Ume Vinaigrette (p.172), or the Ume Sesame Dressing (p.262-263) from my book – I’m pretty sure if you hate greens, and you put one of these sauces on them, you’ll love ’em. And, of course, your body will too!

Remember to eat greens at least once a day – the dark leafy ones. Iceberg lettuce doesn’t count! I’m not talking Swiss chard or spinach, I’m talking Chinese cabbage, kale, bok choy, or collards. Swiss chard and spinach are fine for vegans but not something superheroes want to eat frequently (no more than 1-2 times per week). For info on why, see p. 64 of The Kind Diet.

There is a whole world of green goodness waiting for you.

Check out this recipe for kale with umeboshi.

And this one for vegan Reuben sandwiches wrapped in collard greens—it’s a great one for kids.

 


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