Collard greens are a Thanksgiving dinner staple for thousands of families throughout the U.S. The good news is that this time-tested treasure not only tastes good but is very good for you as well…if prepared the right way.
Based on a very small number of studies looking specifically at collard greens, and a larger number of studies looking at cruciferous vegetables as a group (and including collard greens on the list of vegetables studied), cancer prevention appears to be a standout area for collard greens with respect to their health benefits. Collard greens provide special nutrient support for cancer prevention, thanks to the cancer-fighting properties sulforaphane and DIM, as well as cholesterol lowering soluble fiber, and immune boosting vitamin c . Sulforaphane is also known to lower blood glucose levels, which makes collard greens a healthy choice for diabetics.
All that said, a pot of greens that is loaded with excessive fat significantly reduces all these outstanding health benefits. But there are some easy, delicious tips you can follow to make sure your greens stay healthy, and still delicious.
1. Swap out high-fat meats for smoked turkey necks. In a small pot, boil turkey necks over medium-high heat until tender. Once turkey parts are tender, rinse and transfer to the pot containing your collard greens.
2. Add a splash of fresh lemon juice before cooking them to increase their healthy anti-inflammatory properties.