Green Advice From Our Favorite Nutritionists

We’ve gathered up some valuable advice from our favorite Registered Dietitian Nutritionists to celebrate!

How often should people be eating leafy greens?

Every day! And I’m not just saying that because I work for Dream Greens! According to the US Dietary Guidelines, normal healthy people should aim for 2.5-3 cups of vegetables each day. When it comes to leafy greens such as Baby Kale or Watercress, one cup means either one cup cooked or two cups raw. Most Americans don’t include enough fruits and vegetables in our diets, and we especially lack in the dark leafy greens department. So my advice is to try to include a handful of dark leafy greens in every meal — throw baby kale into your morning smoothie, have a salad with your lunch and sautee some mixed greens in with your dinner. Leafy greens are rich in vitamins A, C, E and K, a plethora of important minerals and disease-preventing phytochemicals. Alina Zolotareva, RDN. Marketing Manager at Dream Greens by AeroFarms.

What is your best tip for getting more fresh greens into our diets?

Fresh greens can be incorporated into a variety of dishes, aside from your basic salad.  Add a heaping helping to your favorite smoothie, blend and add to a dip recipe, or incorporate as a sandwich topping!  I also like roasting greens to add a refreshing, nutritious addition to any lunch bowl! Heather Shasa, MS, RD ShopRite of Little Falls

What is your favorite way to eat baby greens?

My favorite way to eat baby greens is to use it as a base for my entire meal. I make sure that most of my meal is made up of greens, than I add a protein (ex: chicken, beans, chickpeas, hard boiled eggs or tuna) and a whole grain (ex: quinoa, brown rice, crushed bean chips) and sometimes I’ll even add a fruit! (strawberries, grapes, and oranges being some of my favorites!) When I was introduced to AeroFarms baby super greens, I didn’t even feel like I needed dressing because of their delicious, packed flavor! Danielle Colombo, RD ShopRite of Lincoln Park

What is your favorite greens recipe?

My favorite greens recipe is a pesto sauce! I am Italian, so love my pasta. For my pesto I put greens, basil, pine nuts, olive oil, lemon juice, and some salt and pepper into a food processor and blend it until it has a sauce consistency. I usually make a chickpea or lentil based pasta, throw my pesto sauce on top and mix in even more greens. Its as easy, nutritious meal that takes only about 15 minutes to make. Elle Bernardo, RDN ShopRite of Livingston