I’ve never been a big kale fan, but with the big kale “hype” I tried to be. I mean, I really tried. I tried to roast it, sauté it, and bake it. I tried to juice it and blend it into my smoothies. I even kale chips. 😖

Then a few days ago, I was listening to The Keto Podcast where I heard Leanne Vogel chatting with Dr. Josh Axe. My ears perked up when he began to talk about other items that were healthier than kale! (Whaaat? How did I not know this? 🤷🏼‍♀️) Dr. Axe said there were herbs and spices more nutrient-dense than kale! 👏🏼 The phytonutrients and therapeutic compounds in Tumeric, ginger root, and ashwagandha are much more potent than kale and broccoli. Dr. Axe also noted Cilantro and Parsley were both more nutrient-dense than kale! Yes!! Thank you, doctor! 🙌🏼

So, I did a little research on my own and I found a report by The Center for Preventing Chronic Disease ranking vegetables based on nutrient density. Kale was ranked number 15!

These leafy greens aren’t denying that kale boasts big health benefits, they’re just reminding us that kale is not the king!

Some of these I was already consuming I’m going to add a few more into my diet. Move over kale!

  1. Watercress
  2. Chinese cabbage
  3. Chard
  4. Beet green
  5. Spinach
  6. Chicory
  7. Leaf lettuce
  8. Parsley
  9. Romaine lettuce
  10. Collard greens
  11. Turnip greens
  12. Mustard green
  13. Endive
  14. Chives
  15. Kale

You may notice cilantro did not make the (CDC 2014) list but we do know Dr. Axe thinks highly of this nutritious herb. Read his post Cilantro Benefits.  So, if you are looking for nutrient-dense foods to include in your diet, cilantro is a worthy option.