ou might have heard your parents say “Eat your greens” whilst you were growing up, but why? What makes green food so special? 

Green foods typically are the most nutrient dense out of all the types of food available, i.e. they contain the greatest amounts of vitamins, minerals and even phytochemicals (super chemicals found in food that have disease preventing or protective characteristics), per calorie consumed.

Jill Nussinow, author of the award-winning “The Veggie Queen : Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment” also says that “Greens are the No. 1 food you can eat regularly to help improve your health” [1].

Green foods are also typically high in fiber, helping you feel fuller for longer which contributes to effective fat loss and maintaining a healthy weight.

Benefits of Green Veggies

The benefits of eating green vegetables are almost endless. Below are 14 of the positive health benefits you can experience from including more green foods into your diet:

1. Slow Down Aging – 

Vitamin K found in many green foods is vital in combating some age related conditions such as cardiovascular disease, weak bones & kidney calcification [2].

2. Protect Eye Health – 

Lutein and zeaxanthin (don’t worry, no marks for remembering chemical names here) plays a bit part in protecting the eye, helping prevent both cataract and age-related macular degeneration, i.e. one of the main causes of elderly people losing their sight [3].

3. Provides Energy – 

The B vitamins found within many green foods supports the conversion of calories into fuel for the body, helping us have more energy throughout the day.

4. Strong Bones & Teeth – 

Many green foods are a good source of calcium, helping promote not only strong bones and teeth, but also regulating muscle contractions [4].

5. Prevent Cancer – 

Many cruciferous vegetables (i.e. from the cabbage family) contain isothiocyanates which studies have shown to have a cancer preventing properties [5].

6. Promote Healthy Gut – 

Green vegetables have also been shown to keep infections at bay and maintain healthy intestines [6].

7. Reduced risk of Diabetes – 

Various studies have documented that the nitrate found in green vegetables reduces the risk of diabetes [7].

8. Protects Your Heart – 

Green leafy vegetables are associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease [8].

9. Supports Weight Loss – 

Looking to shift a couple of pounds? Turn more of your plate green. Green vegetables are nutrient-dense, low in calories and full of fiber, helping you lose fat more easily.

10. Maintains Effective Digestion – 

Green vegetables are a great source of folate (vitamin B9), which helps the digestion and use of proteins [9].

11. Mental Clarify & Focus – 

One of the key nutrients in green vegetables is vitamin K, which (in addition to a range of other benefits) can help keep us mentally sharp according to Martha Clare Morris from Rush University [10].

12. Clearer Skin – 

A study of korean students found that a control group who had clear skin had more green leafy vegetables as part of their diet [11], additionally, various anecdotal sources cite a relationship between green vegetable consumption and more radiant skin.

13. More Reliable Conception – 

If you’re looking to make children, increases in vitamin E, which can be found in abundance in green leafy vegetables, has been shown to reduce infertility [12].

14. Prevent Cognitive Decline – 

Researchers at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science found that those who had more folate (or vitamin B9) in their diets, which can be found in abundance in green vegetables, showed less of a decline in verbal fluency skills over three years [13].

So it looks like your parents were right! Eating your greens is a great way to give you a whole host of health benefits. 

These benefits are only the beginning too, with an increasing amount of research going into green fruit and vegetables (or “nature’s multivitamins” as they are often known), you’d be crazy not to throw a few extra greens into your daily diet.

Here you’ll find 35 of the best green foods for greater health, with added information on their specific benefits and how to incorporate more of them into your diet. Think of this article as the holy grail of green nutrition.

Are you ready to eat green for greater health? 

Awesome! Let’s get started:

1. Brocolli

You may have pushed it to the side of your plate as a child (I know I did!), but this little green tree is one of the kings of the green food world. 

From the cabbage family, this superfood is comprised of a green stalk with a bushy green head on top (called “florets”), whereby both elements can be eaten.

In the supermarket, you should be able to easily find brocolli in a range of varieties, from raw bunches sitting in the vegetable boxes, to frozen florets available to be cooked at home, meaning there’s no excuses for skipping this nutritional powerhouse.

Key Benefits

Reduce risk of cancer [14]
Maintain healthy skin [15]
Keeps heart healthy [16]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Blend and mix into a soup
Chop it raw and add it to your next wrap
Add to quiches & pastries

2. Avocado

“Steak of the tree” one of my friends affectionately calls it, but it’s much more than simply a filling fruit used to make guacamole.

Cultivated in Mediterranean and tropical climates of the world, this nutritious and tasty superfood is full of healthy fats, with most of the fat coming from oleic acid, a key component in olive oil.

They can be bought in nearly all major supermarkets, but beware, make sure you don’t try to cut into it before it’s ripe or you could end up hacking away at the unripe flesh inside and wasting a perfectly good avocado!

Key Benefits

Great source of heart-healthy fatty acids [17]
Contains lutein and zeaxanthin, helping maintain eye health
Improves good/bad cholesterol balance [18]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Half it and eat with a spoon
Make homemade guacamole
Slice up and throw into salads

3. Nopales

This somewhat unusual vegetables are thick, oval stems of a cactus which are popular within Mexican cuisine, but they are now gaining more popularity in the more Western world due to the range of health benefits they provide.

These vegetables can potentially be found at your local supermarket, hopefully with the spikes already removed!

If the spikes are still there when you get them home (look at the bumps to check) simply peel them away, wearing plastic gloves if desired.

Key Benefits

High fiber, supporting healthy digestion
Helps control inflammation [19]
Reduces bad cholesterol [20]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Slice and add to salads
Boil and add to Mexican meals as a side dish
Grill and add to fajitas

4. Kale 

This superfood has risen in popularity in recent years. It’s a member of the cabbage family, with it’s leaves being green, but sometimes slightly purple or blue.

Kale stands up to all other green foods on the planet due to it’s incredible nutrient density and it’s impressive range of beneficial compounds. 

With it being one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet and containing an array of minerals that people often lack, you’d be crazy not to add this leafy green onto your next shopping list.

Key Benefits

Really high in antioxidants, helping protect against oxidative damage in the body [21]
Excellent source of vitamin C [22]
One of the world’s best sources of vitamin K [23]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Mix into lasagnas
Boil and add to salads
Bake in the oven to make delicious kale chips

5. Sprouts

These little green balls are sometimes unfortunately (and unfairly) pushed towards the side of the plate during Christmas dinner, but these miniature green leafy vegetables are not to be avoided.

With origins based in Belgium (hence the popular term “Brussels Sprout”), sprouts have been yielding health benefits for centuries, with the forerunners said to have been consumed as far back as ancient Rome. 

If you can ignore (or camouflage) the bitter taste, sprouts can be a powerful addition to your green health arsenal.

Key Benefits 

Vitamin K content improves bone health [24]
Fiber content prevents constipation
Antioxidants help reduce the risk of cancer [25] 
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Roast with a small amount of oil
Add into your next stir fry
Steam and add to pasta dishes

6. Kiwi

No, no, we’re not condoning trying to eat people from New Zealand, or the little birds either we’re referring to the little hairy fruit here.

The kiwifruit is a small egg shaped fruit, about the size of a large hen’s egg, with a brown fibrous coating, but look past it’s fuzzy exterior and you’ll find a juicy green centre, teeming with health benefits.

Key Benefits

Vitamin C content helps maintain immunity
More potassium than a banana, helping control blood pressure [26]
Low glycemic load, so no rush in blood sugar
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Cut in half and eat the inside with a spoon
Add to cocktails
Include in a fruit salad.

7. Edamame

Edamame (“Edam-amey” / “Eda-maim” / “Edama-me”?) well, however you pronounce it, there’s no denying these powerful green pods in terms of boosting your health.

The edamame bean is a collection of immature soybeans that are still in their pod, it’s often found within Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian recipes, and for good reason, edamame beans not only contain various health boosting vitamins, but are a good source of protein too, giving roughly 11g of protein per 100g of edamame.

Key Benefits

Great vegan / vegetarian source of protein
Contributes to healthy bones [27]
Source of iron, helping maintain energy levels
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Boil and sprinkle with salt before serving in a bowl
Add to stir fry dishes
Remove from pods and mix with rice dishes

8. Seaweed

Forget your diving gear, seaweed is now commonly available in a range of supermarkets and health stores globally, allowing you to take advantage of its health benefits without carrying an oxygen tank to the beach.

Sometimes found at a Chinese buffet, this green stringy health food can happily become a part of your weekly diet, but careful not to add to every daily meal, two servings (two tablespoons per serving) a week should be plenty to make the most of seaweed’s benefits [28]

Key Benefits

Can help promote testosterone and reduce the risk of breast cancer [29]
Great source of iodine for a healthy thyroid
Potent source of antioxidants [30]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Layer inside sandwiches and burgers
Add to sushi dishes
Mix in with seafood pastas

9. Green Beans / String Beans

Sometimes referred to as “snap beans”, due to their ability to be snapped apart easily, green beans are harvested with their beans in a pod before they have had the chance to mature. 

Found at most major supermarkets, green beans (which aren’t actually considered as a bean in terms of nutrition) are incredibly versatile and can be added to a wide array of recipes to boost the health benefits in the dish.

Key Benefits

Chlorophyll content can protect against cancer [31]
Contains lutein and zeaxanthin, helping maintain eye health
Potassium content helps control blood pressure [32]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Boil and add to a vegetable medely
Add into your next stir fry
Dice and mix into pasta dishes

10. Asparagus

This member of the lily family is made up of green shoots that are harvested ready to be eaten by the health conscious consumer.

Asparagus is another nutritional powerhouse, and fortunately can be added to a variety of meals to give you a much needed boost of vitamins and minerals. 

Asparagus is also a diuretic (helping you get rid of excess water), but don’t be alarmed if this causes a strange aroma in the bathroom!

Key Benefits

Folate content can help improve mood, sleep and apetite [33]
Antioxidant content may slow the aging process [34]
Glutathione content is cancer preventative [35]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Grill and add to sandwiches
Cut and blend into a soup
Bake into a savory pie

11. Spinach 

Spinach isn’t just for popeye, this leafy green can give you various health benefits when incorporated into your diet.

With edible leaves, the plant can be enjoyed year round and can be added to a wide variety of recipes and dishes. 

You can buy it raw, frozen and even canned if you so choose, just be sure to train more than your forearms if you’re building muscle so you don’t end up like the one-eyed sailor.

Key Benefits

Works to prevent cognitive decline
Great source of iron for maintaining energy
Vitamin K content helps maintain bone health [36]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Keep raw and add to sandwiches
Boil and add into pasta dishes
Mix in with risottos and rice dishes

12. Callaloo

Don’t worry if you’ve not heard of callaloo before, this leafy green vegetable (whereby callaloo is known as a popular Caribbean dish) is a big component of Caribbean dishes, and for good reason too, with more benefits to your health than you can count on your fingers.

There’s lots of information surrounding this vegetable as the names of the vegetable and the Jamaican dish are often mixed up, in terms of the vegetable itself, taro and amranthus viridis are often used.

If you’re going to try callaloo (and you definitely should, it’s taste resembles something of a creamy version of spinach and it’s highly versatile) then if you can’t find it among the vegetables, you should be able to find it canned in the “world food” section of your local supermarket. 

Simply opening up 1 can of callaloo and 1 can of tuna before mixing and leaving in the microwave for 2 minutes can give you a quick, high protein and nutritious meal when you’re busy.

Key Benefits

Source of antioxidants [37]
Vitamin K content helps maintain bone health [38]
Potassium content helps maintain safe blood pressure [39]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Mix into a stir fry
Microwave with tuna
Add to a green smoothie

13. Cabbage

The key ingredient of sauerkraut and another addition to the green leafy vegetable arsenal, cabbage comes in a range of varieties, adding any of which to your diet will help steer you towards optimal health.

Cabbage is particularly popular in Asian cooking and can also be added to a variety of other meals and even to make your own homemade sauerkraut. 

Key Benefits

Great source of vitamin C & K
Cabbage compounds help prevent cancer [40] 
Lowers bad cholesterol [41] 
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Mix into a stir fry
Make homemade sauerkraut
Use within salads

14. Celery

Celery isn’t just a way to make your bloody Mary that little bit better, oh no, this green stick is also another way to boost your health, so if you’re not feeling 100%, maybe skip the vodka for a night and stick to the celery and tomato juice.

Hailed by dieters for it’s super low calorie content, with one stick of celery containing barely 10 calories,  it also acts as a source of valuable vitamins and nutrients to help you feel great. 

Key Benefits

Fiber content supports digestive health [42]
Rich in antioxidants containing anti-inflammatory properties [43]
Lowers bad cholesterol [44] 
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Eat raw with peanut butter
Mix into a stir fry
Chop into stalks and use with dips

15. Pears

Time to get fruity, the simple pear comes in thousands of varieties and is usually green, sweet and juicy. 

It’s a great addition to any lunchbox and is another way to help you towards getting your 5-a-day (though when fruit and vegetables taste so good there’s no reason to stop at 5 of course!).

A pear can be taken with ease to work, or simply left in a fruit bowl on the kitchen table, there really is so many ways to incorporate this green fruit into your day for greater health.

Key Benefits

Great source of fiber
Can help control diabetes [45] 
Vitamin C content helps boost immune system
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Pick up and eat!
Dice and add to fruit salads
Bake into desserts

16. Peas

Peas are the tiny seeds that come in pods, usually with quite a few peas in any given pod. They come in a wide range of different types but they certainly pack a punch when it comes to providing effective nutrition.

Peas are also often used as a source of protein for vegetarians and vegans and is even used to make protein powder. 

Canned or fresh from the vegetable isle, peas can be added to lots of different meals to boost it’s nutritional content.

Key Benefits

Good source of protein (5g per 100g)
Compounds help prevent stomach cancer [46]
Fiber and lutein content improves heart health [47]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Blend into a soup
Mix into rice dishes
Mash and serve with sweet potato chips

17. Basil

It’s more than just a way to make your food taste that little bit more gourmet, basil is also considered one of the healthiest herbs. 

Basil is easy to both grow and maintain, so rather than running down to the local supermarket, you could simply plant and harvest your own basil (which definitely will get you extra points on Come Dine with Me!).

It comes in a few different varieties, which will change the flavor slightly, either way, adding basil will not only make you look better at cooking, but give you a extra nutritional boost too!

Key Benefits

Basil extracts have the potential to fight diabetes [48]
Beta-carotene content helps maintain vision [49]
Can help prevent the harmful effects of aging [50]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Add to pasta dishes
Serve with fish
Mix into egg dishes

18. Watercress

This highly versatile little leaf is a semi aquatic vegetable that grows best in watery conditions. 

You may find watercress growing near certain streams, however if you don’t want to go looking around the streams in your area, it’s much more easily bought from the local supermarket. 

When making food, the size of the leaves of this vegetable means you can easily sneak it into a loved ones meal, making them that little bit healthier without them knowing!

Key Benefits

Vitamin K content supports bone health [51]
Contains lutein, helping maintain eye health
Helps protect against lung cancer [52]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Add to your sandwiches
Mix in with salads
Wilt into pastas or a stir fry 

19. Bok Choi

This increasingly popular cruciferous (i.e. from the cabbage family) green vegetable is sometimes known by a few different names including pak choi, white mustard cabbage, Chinese celery cabbage and even “horse’s ear”, whatever you call it, this nutritional powerhouse is a worthwhile addition to your weekly shopping list.

Bok Choi is another member in our green leafy vegetable category, but don’t worry, you don’t have to choose just the one, with how magical these vegetables are you can almost eat as many of them as you like!

Key Benefits

Source of both vitamin A & C
Vitamin K content supports healthy bones
Folate and B6 content support heart health [53]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Mix into a stir fry
Add into an Asian-style soup
Cut into strips and cook with noodles

20. Green Tea

Okay Okay, you’ve caught us, this is a drink not a food, but there was no way we could leave this green drink out of our list, it’s not only delicious but can yield more health benefits than you can count on all of your fingers and your toes. 

A key foundation of Chinese medicine, green tea has been used to treat everything from headaches to depression, these days, green tea features in a wide range of supplement products from diet pills to detox the body due to their potent antioxidant content.

Key Benefits

Caffeine content can improve brain function and mood [54]
Helps burn fat [55]
Antioxidant content can protect against cancer [56]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Simply brew a cup of green tea!
Drink with cinnamon to reduce blood sugar
Add ice cubes and lemon for an iced green tea

21. Cucumber

There’s more to cucumber than simply throwing it over your eyes during a spa day, this long green vegetable is made up of 95% water so is fantastic for keeping you hydrated.

Cucumber comes from the same plant family as watermelon & pumpkin and contains a few important vitamins and minerals that shouldn’t be ignored suchc as vitamin C, K, copper and potassium.

Next time you give yourself a spa treatment with cucumber, feel free to eat them afterwards and you might feel even better!

Key Benefits

Great for keeping hydrated
Fisetin content can protect brain cells from age-related decline [57]
B vitamin content can buffer the damaging effects of stress [58]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Use at parties for various dips
Add in to sandwiches
Mix into salads

22. Green Onions / Spring Onions

Essentially baby onions, otherwise known as green onions, scallions or spring onions, the green onion is simply a normal onion that has been harvested early in the growing season, but even the green shoots and the miniature white bulb can be eaten to boost the nutritional content of your meal.

Green onions also feature in Chinese medicine and it’s no surprise once you start to learn of it’s impressive health benefits and vitamin content.

Key Benefits

Vitamin C content helps boost immunity
Pectin from spring onions reduces the chances of developing cancers [59]
Vitamin A content promotes eye health [60] 
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Mix into your next stir fry
Add into salads
Shred and serve on pizza

23. Green Peppers

The least mature of the bell pepper varieties, the green pepper is simply a red bell pepper that has been harvested slightly early, however it will still ripen in storage and transit. 

Compared to it’s red, yellow and orange counterparts, the green pepper is slightly less sweet and has a very mild bitter taste, allowing it to add an interesting dimension into 

Key Benefits

Fiber content supports healthy digestion
Vitamin C content helps boost immunity
Zeaxanthin content promotes eye health [61]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Eat raw with hummus
Shred and include in an omelet
Add to pasta dishes

24. Green Apples

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”, so the popular phrase goes. Green apples are a delicious way to ensure you’re well on your way towards the recommended number of fruit and vegetable portions per day.

Easy to throw into your bag and quite durable compared to softer fruits such as berries, taking an apple a day to work is a great to fueling your day. 

Green apples have also been linked to better skin and stable blood sugar.

Key Benefits

Can help you feel fuller and aid weight loss [62]
Antioxidant content can prevent cancer [63]
Fiber content helps stabilize blood sugar [64]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Pick up and eat!
Slice and eat with peanut butter pre-exercise
Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake for a healthy desert 

25. Green Grapes

Grapes have been enjoyed by various cultures going back hundreds if not thousands of years. 

If you’re lucky you might be able to get your other half to serve you some green grapes as you lie on a chaise lounge, helping you feel like Caesar or some sort of Roman lord…

Failing that, simply keep a bowl at home to pick up as you get peckish, this way you won’t miss out on all the health benefits enjoyed by royals of times gone by.

Wearing robes and a crown is of course optional.

Key Benefits

Reservatol content helps protect cells from free-radical damage [65]
Vitamins A & C content helps boost immunity
Fiber & potassium content contribute to a healthy heart [66]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Grab a handful from a fruit bowl
Mix in with Greek yogurt for a healthy desert
Encourage loved ones to feed you from the vine.

26. Mustard Greens

Mustard greens aren’t simply pots of mustard that haven’t been touched for a few years, this super leafy green vegetable (there’s definitely a trend here) is another food which can boost your health simply by it being added to your weekly diet.

Otherwise known as Kai Choi, Chinese mustard or the fancier name: Brassica Juncea, mustard greens resemble big kale leaves but with more of a horseradish or mustard-like flavor.

Key Benefits

Vitamin K content supports strong bones [67]
Lowers levels of bad cholesterol [68]
Phytonutrient content fights cancer [69]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Shred and add to a stir fry
Boil and add to a curry
Use in a side salad

27. Artichoke

Artichokes are a thistle with a flowering head, before the flower bud blooms open it can also be eaten and although not the simplest food to cook, the effort is worth it.

The leaf, stem and root of the artichoke are often used in medicinal supplements as they contain effective concentrations of certain chemicals such as copper, calcium, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus.

It’s essentially a multivitamin in the form of a bud of a flower.

Key Benefits

Copper content supports the production of red blood cells [70]
Proven to treat high cholesterol [71]
Cynarin content improves digestive health [72]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Grill and use for dips
Buy in jars and add to rice recipes
Boil and add to casseroles

28. Limes

Limes are for more than adding to a cola on a warm summers day, they give you lots of health benefits you might otherwise be missing out on.

Less sour than lemons, adding lime juice to a variety of meals or healthy drinks is a fantastic idea for not only your taste-buds, but your health too.

Lime zest is also very popular in a range of dishes from Mexican, Thai and Vietnamese.

Key Benefits

Lime compounds have been shown to prevent cancers [73]
Vitamin C content promotes immunity
Lime compounds also exhibit antibiotic properties [74]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Use lime juice to squeeze over salads
Blend lime juice into a smoothie
Squeeze over meat on the barbeque

29. Zucchini / Courgette

Wherever you’re from, zucchinis (or courgettes) are a fantastic ingredient to add to various dishes to increase the valuable nutrients in your daily diet.

Zucchinis can grow up to a meter long, but are usually harvested at less than half of that size, they resemble miniature green batons and are a type of summer squash.

Like most of the squash family, zucchinis have smooth skin, crunch flesh and high moisture content.

Key Benefits

The potassium content helps reduce blood pressure [75]
Folate content supports heart health
Vitamin C helps support immunity
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Substitute for pasta
Cut into circles and top with cheese & tomato
Dice and add to rice dishes

30. Collards

Collards are another members of the cruciferous vegetable family, along with kale, broccoli, sprouts etc. 

Like the rest of the family, collards or collard greens, are nutritional powerhouses which can essentially transform your health when used to clean up your weekly diet.

Collards are “cabbage-like leaves” and come in several varieties depending on the type of soil and the climate it grows in, whichever variety you manage to pick up, you can be sure that having a few collards on your plate will make it far healthier than it would have been otherwise.

Key Benefits

Can support the cardiovascular system [76]
Powerful at removing bad cholesterol [77]
Phytonutrients help fight cancer [78]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Boil and serve mixed with meat
Use as pouches and stuff with other vegetables
Shred and add to pasta dishes

31. Swiss Chard

Hailed as “natures multivitamin”, Swiss chard is popular in the Mediterranean region and even features in the widely praised and incredibly healthy Mediterranean diet.

Swiss chard, or chard for short, has large green leaves but it’s stalk can come in different colors from green, red and even multi-colored. 

Containing at least 13 different polypenol antioxidants and even syringic acid (don’t worry about the name, these are all super healthy compounds), this leafy multivitamin is not one to be missed off the shopping list.

Key Benefits

An impressive array of antioxidants prevents oxidative stress [79]
Vitamin K content promotes strong bonesIron content supports red blood cell formation [80]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Mix into a salad
Cook into pastry dishes
Shred and add to an omelette 

32. Green Olives

There are three main groups of olives, green, purple and black, where green olives are simply purple olives that have been harvested slightly earlier (black olives may have had additional compounds added in order to turn them black if you’re interested!).

Lots of attention has been paid to the oil of olives rather than the olives themselves specifically, despite olives being one of the world’s most widely enjoyed foods. 

Green olives are also more frequently consumed as snacks as compared to their darker counterparts which feature more prominently in cooking, i.e. on pizzas or in salads.

Easy to eat, simply pick up a jar or pouch from your local supermarket and nibble away through the week to take advantage of their health benefits, they do however contain sodium, not anything to worry about but be careful if you’re thinking of eating a few jars of olives a day!

Key Benefits

Antioxidant content helps fight cancer [81]
Healthy fat content linked to reduced blood pressure [82]
Supports healthy cholesterol balance [83]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Take a small pack as a snack for work
Add into sandwiches
Mix into rice dishes

33. Turnip Greens

The simple turnip is a root vegetable known for it’s white bulb, but it’s not just the tasty bulk you can add to your cooking, adding the turnip leaves, otherwise known as turnip greens, can be an excellent way to boost the nutritional content of your meals whilst minimizing waste. 

Turnip greens have a flavor that is slightly similar to that of mustard greens and they are a common side dish in southeastern U.S. cooking. 

They have been known to be fairly bitter, which can add an interesting element to your meals.

Another member of the leafy green food family, this cruciferous vegetable is an excellent addition to your weekly diet, even ranking among the other top foods in the ANDI score (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index) along with collard and mustard greens in addition to kale and Swiss chard, all of which earn a score of 1,000 points – the highest score available.

Key Benefits

Vitamin A promotes healthy skin & hair [84]
Vitamin K content supports healthy bones [85]
Phyto-nutrients help fight cancer [86]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Boil and serve as a side dish
Add to a stir fry
Include into a casserole

34. Romaine Lettuce 

Coming to the penultimate green food of our list, is romaine lettuce, a.k.a cos lettuce. Romaine lettuce is not just your average ingredient to add extra textures to your sandwich, it’s an ingredient that will give you a boost of nutrition all by itself.

Sometimes referred to as “Roman lettuce”, it is also conveniently the typical lettuce used to make up a Caesar salad (if you’re thinking of having a Roman house party, having this with a serving of green grapes would be excellent ideas!).

Romaine lettuce has a very mild taste, as such it can be added to almost any meal to boost the health benefits of the dish but without compromising taste.

Key Benefits

Vitamin C & beta-carotene help keep your heart healthy [87]
Phytonutrients combat cancer [88]
Vitamin K content supports strong bones [89]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Use as a base for salads
Include in your sandwiches
Add to a stir fry

35. Arugula

Last, but by no means least, on our list of incredible green foods for greater health is arugula, otherwise known by salad rocket, rucoli, rugula, colewort, roquette, rucola and even eruca sativa.

Arugula has a somewhat peppery mustard flavor and is made up of dark green spiky leaves, it’s particularly popular in Italian cooking and is a great addition to salads in order to increase the nutritional value of the meal even further, it even ranks in the top 20 foods in terms of ANDI score (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index).

Easily found in larger supermarkets in the produce section, this green leaf is our final member of green foods for greater health, give it a try sometime to take advantage of its benefits.

Key Benefits

Phytonutrients combat cancer [90]
Nitrate content can enhance athletic performance [91]
Vitamin K content supports healthy bones [92]
Tips To Get More Into Your Diet

Mix into your salads
Add to sandwiches
Include with pasta dishes and casseroles


So there you have it, 35 of the most powerful green foods in terms of increasing your health and well-being, for the best results couple these foods with good sources of protein, compound exercises and high intensity interval training (HIIT).

These foods can do almost everything to help revolutionize your health, from maintaining effective vision, fighting cancer, helping you lose weight and even keeping your brain sharper in old age, there is very little that these green foods can’t do. Couple these foods with a pescatarian diet and you can enhance these effects even further!

So why not set yourself a challenge and try to eat at least 2 foods from this list every day? 

It could be as simple as eating an apple at lunchtime or even adding some kale into your evening meal, there are literally hundreds of different options for incorporating more of these green foods into your weekly diet, all of which will help you on your way to optimal health.

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