Adding more greens to your diet is one of the easiest way to eat healthier.

How to Eat Better with Greens

You don’t need to be told that spinach, kale, and other leafy greens are good for you. You hear that message all the time. But do you know why? In addition to basic good nutrition, adding more 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, one serving of nitrate- and potassium-rich spinach improves the function of your arteries starting almost immediately after you eat it!

That’s why doctors today are prescribing food-as-medicine lifestyle interventions like eating more greens and other vegetables to help their patients control and prevent these conditions.

But for many people, eating more leafy vegetables is one of those things that sounds like a great idea but is harder to do in practice. If you’re like most people, the biggest problem is not having enough time. But shopping for and cooking greens doesn’t have to be time-consuming if we learn a few tips. There are lots of quick and easy ways to incorporate leafy greens into your daily diet.

To find out more, join us on Wednesday, March 9 for a virtual Thrive Kitchen class offered through Kaiser Permanente, Eat Your Greens! Learn how to incorporate the delicious and varied flavor and nutritional power of leafy greens and herbs into your meals.

We’ll cover a variety of cooking methods and flavors from around the world to help you love your greens!

Virtual Thrive Kitchen classes are held one Wednesday evening a month from 6:15 to 8:30 PT and open to all. Registration is free for Kaiser Permanente members and $20 for the general public. You can also visit our Healthy Cooking website, where I also have cooking videos to get you started.

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.

Linda Shiue, MD, is a primary care doctor and professionally trained chef who believes that the best medicine is prevention, based upon a healthy lifestyle. As Director of Culinary Medicine at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, she is developing a teaching kitchen to empower patients with a new set of skills and knowledge to improve their health and wellness--nutrition applied through cooking skills. Classes are offered through the Health Education Department at (415) 833-3450. In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Shiue offers cooking demonstrations and hands-on workshops in which students learn to prepare seasonal produce lavishly flavored with spices and fresh herbs. Her food writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Remedy Quarterly, Salon, Culinate, and online editions of The New York Times and Smithsonian Magazine. She also has her own website,