Friday, October 26, 2012

Kale Versus Collard Greens-Take The Quiz



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I grew up on collard greens and this vegetable is staple in many southern U.S kitchens. My husband has gotten me out  of the tradition way I cook collards by making stew with the greens. I usually add tomatoes, onions, carrots, chicken or pork to the collards.

Kale is a new vegetable in my diet and I was introduced to it by one of my friends. My favorite way is to cook it with potatoes, but I do need to find other kale recipes.  I will be making kale chips for party I will be attending soon.  See the recipe at the end of this article.

Take the kale and collard green nutritional quiz and read the article below to see how many you have gotten correct.
  1. Which vegetable has more fiber per serving?
  2. Does collards have more calories or is it kale? 
  3. Which vegetable has 266 mg of calcium and which has 96 mg?
  4. Which vegetable is higher in vitamin C and potassium?
  5. Is kale or collards considered a cruciferous vegetable?
                                                 
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Collard greens and kale are both cruciferous vegetables, that means they are in the same family as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. All of these vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, and glucosinolates which may help to prevent cancer.

Collard greens contain 5.3 mg of fiber per serving (1 cup or 235 ml) and Kale is lower with 2.6 mg per serving.  Kale is lower in calories at 36 calories a serving and collards is also low at 49 calories per serving. 

Collard greens' mineral content has 220 mg of potassium, 2.2 mg of iron and 266 mg of calcium.  Kale's mineral content is slightly lower with 1.17 mg of iron and 94 mg of calcium but it beats collards with its potassium level at 296 mg per serving.

If you have a cold, it is better to eat kale because it offers 53.3 mg of vitamin C and collards only has 34.6 mg of vitamin C.  Collards and kale are both high in vitamin A and K and have the same levels of B vitamins.

So how did you do? If you did poorly, so did I.  We are all here to learn and remember to add kale or collards to your family's weekly menu. Try these kale  and collard frugal recipes below:


11 comments:

  1. I learned something new today! Thank you so much! I have not tasted collard greens, are they good plain?

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  2. I think you should cook them but here is a video how to make healthy collard greens. If you cook them wash the greens first.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UQ-mZaMg5c

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  3. I totally failed! Haha. I'm going to try those kale chips for sure! Thanks for all the great info!

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  4. I'm inspired! Which do you think would be better in a stew?

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  5. I prefer kale. Kale chips are so good and good for you. #wowlinkup

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  6. Never tried collard greens before; don't know if I'm ready to have them yet.

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    1. Hey Cassi - you MUST try collard greens. Cooked correct they are absolutely fabulous!

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  7. Oooh interesting! When I lived in Georgia, collard greens were a side with EVERY meal but I haven't had them as much now that I'm up north!

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  8. I love both so I figure I can't go wrong!!! YUMMY!!!! #wowlinkup

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  9. I failed that entire quiz....all I know is that both are good for you! I need to get some collards and try some recipes. I've only had it in the old southern way, which I always figured cooked out all the nutrients! #wowlinkup

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  10. I've only had collards a few times. Now that I know how nutritious they are, I might have to check them out! I'm making a kale salad tonight and might make some kale chips for my dad to try :) Thanks for the tips! #wowlinkup

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