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Dark green leafies are some of the most mood- and energy-enhancing foods on the planet. Calorie for calorie, you get more vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber than almost any other food. Greens clean arteries, protect brain cells from aging and depression, and improve blood flow to all body parts, thus lowering the risk for heart disease, cancer, vision loss, stroke, dementia, high blood pressure, wrinkling and skin cancer, erectile dysfunction, and loss of libido. They are rich in antioxidants, potassium, B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, chlorophyll, and a host of phytonutrients from carotenoids to polyphenols and betaine. You honestly can’t get to healthy without them! You need at least two servings a day of the darkest greens you can find. A serving is 1 cup raw or 1 /2 cup cooked. So, include a spinach or baby greens salad at lunch. Mix greens into other foods, such as mashed potatoes, soups, or stews. Layer into sandwiches. Saute chard, kale, mustard, collard, or beet greens in olive oil and garlic.