Easier Ways to Eat These 7 Greens: Baby Steps to a Healthier You

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Leafy greens like kale and spinach are undeniably good for you: They’re packed with calcium, iron, magnesium, and, yes, even protein. One cup of kale, for example, has only 33 calories but 206 percent of your daily vitamin A, 134 percent of your daily vitamin C, and 684 percent of your daily vitamin K, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, and selenium. It even has 2 grams of protein, which Self’s nutrition data center ranks on a complete amino acid scale of 92/100. There’s a reason it’s been labeled a “superfood,” and you should be eating more.

Now only if it actually tasted good.

The holiday season upon us, and with New Year’s resolutions looming, we should all want 2014 to be the year we start eating better and living more healthfully. When it comes to packing your diet full of new superfoods, though, starting on the wrong foot — or forkful — can be like trying to run an entire marathon on your first day of training. By taking baby steps toward a goal of raw kale salads and shredded Brussels sprouts, you might even start really liking your greens.

This article isn’t about the healthiest ways to eat more greens — you’ll get there one day. We just want to get you on the leafy greens train. Once you realize they can taste good cooked with bacon or cheese, we’ll move you up to those kale salads.

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