Eating more leafy green vegetables is one of the best things you can do for your health; make it easy by learning some new recipes.

Eat More Greens: A Healthy Cooking Lesson

Do you tell yourself you should be eating more leafy green vegetables, then find it difficult to actually do it? It might be because you need some easy recipes and cooking tips. Luckily, there’s a class for that! In the next Thrive Kitchen class, Learn to Cook with Greens  on March 13th, we’ll learn to cook delicious, healthy dishes that feature leafy greens and herbs. At the same time, we’ll discover some time-saving tips and techniques in the kitchen.

To give you an idea of the delicious dishes we’ll be cooking, here is a recipe for my Persian Herb Fritata.

You’ll also get a better understanding of nutrition, and how adding greens to your daily diet can reduce your risk of many serious diseases and health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. For example,  did you know that a serving of nitrate- and potassium-rich spinach improves the function of your arteries starting almost immediately after you eat it? Doctors like me are prescribing dietary changes like medicine as a first-line method to help prevent and control heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases that are strongly affected by lifestyle.

Thrive Kitchen classes are held the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Thrive Kitchen at Kaiser Permanente Mission Bay. Each month features a different theme and menu. Pre-registration is required with a fee of $30 for Kaiser Permanente members and $40 for non-members, which includes a delicious meal you’ll help prepare. For more information and to register, email or call 415-833-3450.

For more information about me and my approach to healthy eating, see my Facebook page, The Doctor’s Spicebox or follow me on Twitter @spiceboxtravels.

More healthy recipes are available at Kaiser Permanente’s Food for Health blog, which features lots of great recipes like my latest addition, Vegan Southwestern Breakfast Tacos.

Melanie Haiken writes about health, wellness and fitness for national magazines and websites. She specializes in discovering and reporting the latest research on diet, nutrition, fitness, weight loss and other health-related topics. Her award-winning stories have appeared in Fitness, Shape, Health, Forbes, and other respected magazines. She also contributes health stories to numerous Kaiser Permanente newsletters and other publications.