Not just potent vitamin vessels capable of strengthening bones, muscles and brains, green foods are also among the most abundant sources of an antioxidant tag team that, among other things, promotes healthy vision.
This creamy fruit is bursting with monounsaturated fats, the kind that are proven to be great for your heart.
A dense and diverse source of nutrients, this summer squash comes with everything from omega-3s to copper.
- Brussels Sprouts
One of the strongest natural cancer-fighters on the planet, brussels sprouts too often get a bad rap for being boring. Combat the boredom by roasting in a hot oven until crispy and caramelized.
These potent spears can promote the growth of healthy bacteria in our large intestines, forcing out the more mischievous kind.
- Romaine Lettuce
Whereas the ubiquitous iceberg has nary a nutrient to its name, romaine is bursting at the leaves with everything from bone-strengthening vitamin K to folic acid, essential to cardiovascular health. Other good, nutrient-dense lettuces for salads and sandwiches include Bibb, red leaf and arugula.
These little trees have two days' worth of vitamins C and K in each serving.
These deep-green leaves are a low-calorie source of calcium. With fewer than 40 calories, each serving has nearly 10 percent.
This is one of your best sources of folate, which keeps the body in good supply of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. If your kid isn't ready to eat it from the can like Popeye, try boiling it for one minute then scrambling it into eggs or mixing it into pasta.
- Green Peas
Beyond the abundance of vitamins and minerals, a cup of peas contains more than a third of your kid's daily fiber intake—more than most whole-wheat breads.