Collard greens are leafy vegetables that grow at their peak during the winter months. The sweet flavor of these leafy greens comes from tolerating frosty temperatures. Collards are nutrient-dense, low in calories and a good source of vitamins A, C and K, as well as fiber and antioxidants. Other nutritional benefits of collards include helping to promote better vision, regulation of blood pressure and functioning as an immune support. Collards are best stored in the bottom (coldest part) of the refrigerator in a plastic bag, unwashed. They are at risk of spoiling if they are not used within 2-3 days.

Recipe of the Week

Green Gumbo
Yield: 1 Serving
(recipe courtesy of WeightWatchers PointsPlus cookbook Fruits & Veggies A to Z)

1 ½ cups fat-free low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup chopped trimmed collard greens
½ small chopped onion
¼ cup fresh or frozen sliced okra
1 minced garlic clove

Combine ingredients in medium saucepan; Bring to boil.Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.

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