Q: Are baby greens more nutritious?
Oz says: No need to discriminate by age when it comes to greens — research hasn't turned up that one is better than another. "They're both great for you," says Bhimu Patil, PhD, of Texas A&M University. Two cups of raw spinach pack about 30 percent of a day's folate (kale and arugula bring you about 10 percent), plus more than 100 percent of your vitamin A — for a grand total of about 15 calories.
3 Easy Ways to Eat More Greens
1. Use them to plump up your sandwich. Load on the spinach, arugula, or watercress to turn a skimpy turkey-and-mustard deal into a two-handed feast.
2. Pile them high. Build a little mountain of greens (peppery arugula works well) on top of a plate of pasta.
3. Toss them in your smoothie. For a greens-based option, throw in a cup of leaves (try half kale, half spinach) with your milk, fruit, protein powder, whatever. Even berry smoothies can get a boost by adding a handful of something from your crisper drawer.
This story originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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