Although kale has been at the top of the superfood chain for a while now, there’s a new leafy green that has stolen my heart and he has a lot going for him. Watercress isn’t actually “new” but it is new in my food repertoire. Not sure why I hadn’t incorporated it before but now I can’t get enough! I use it to replace lettuce in salads, sandwiches and more. Here’s why watercress is the new kale:
#1 Let’s start with a very practical argument: watercress lasts way longer than kale. Kale is all perky and pretty when you buy it but then just a few hours after it has landed in your fridge, it goes all soft and sad looking. Considering the current price of food, I need my veggies to last and don’t want to be stressed out about using it like the moment I buy it!
#2 Watercress has a smooth, fresh and light taste. It basically goes with anything and everything. I really have to find creative ways to prepare kale to tone down its biter side. Watercress is more “neutral” and softer on the palette.
#3 Watercress ranks as the top most nutritious food of all nutrient dense fruits and veggies. Out of 41 fruits and veggies, watercress proved to contain the most antioxidants, Plus, The Center for Disease Control conducted a study measuring the content of potassium, fiber, protein, calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, zinc, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K in the 41 fruits and veggies tested. Though kale made the top 10, it wasn’t the winner. In fact, on a scale of 1-100, kale came in at a 49, while watercress took home the crown with a 100+! (source: One Green Planet).
Watercress is truly awesome. That’s not to say that we should turn our back to kale or give it the “You can’t sit with us” treatment. It’s still an amazing veggie that you should incorporate in your diet. In fact, here are two fave kale recipes for you to try out. I’m just a girl that likes to mix things up and am always excited to discover new foods that are super good for me.
Now, until I can actually post a couple of fun recipes that feature my new love watercress, you can get inspired by the salad above (just toss in watercress, cherry tomatoes and bocconcini cheese in a bowl and drizzle some olive oil and lemon juice). Sometimes simple is just better. You can also check out these watercress recipes on Martha Stewart which look pretty delish.
How about you? Do you have a favourite recipe that features watercress or perhaps another leafy green? If so, share away in the comment section below (include a link!).