Thursday, April 21, 2011

Vitamin K Packed Collard Greens with Garlic and Pine Nuts

Children with gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are at higher risk for low bone density due to their malabsorption of vitamins and minerals.  The University of Alberta studied a group of children newly diagnosed with celiac disease and found they were getting less than 50 percent of their RDA of vitamin K.  This combined with low levels of vitamin D is problematic during the teen years when peak bone development occurs.  Vitamin D levels can be checked through your doctor.  Supplementation of vitamin K and vitamin D may be necessary.

Did you know that 1 cup of collard greens contains 880% of the RDA of vitamin K?  If you're looking for a way to increase your intake, this recipe is for you.  It is always a huge hit at my house among young and old alike.


1 bunch collard greens
2 tbsp olive oil
5 to 10 cloves garlic
1/4 cup pine nuts (optional)
1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste


Lightly toast pine nuts in frying pan over medium heat until lightly browned.  Set aside.  Wash collard greens and cut out the stem of each leaf.  Roll leaves up and slice into thin strips.  Heat up heavy frying pan to medium - high heat and add olive oil.  Add garlic and let sizzle for a minute until fragrant.  Add collard greens and stir occasionally until slightly wilted.  Transfer to serving bowl and add pine nuts.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Slice lemon into wedges and serve alongside for people to drizzle over their greens.  Serves 3.  Source:

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  1. Oh this looks delicious! I would love if you would add it to our Easter Rebirth Bloghop. Or if you have any other recipes you'd like to share. I am so glad I found your site, lots of great info and recipes thanks for sharing and have a good Easter Weekend :)

  2. This sounds delicious and nutrious! I love greens of any kind! Thanks for sharing.

  3. This looks great. I LOVE collard greens and I am bookmarking this recipe to try. Thanks so much!


  4. I love this! I make a similar thing all of the time, with kale! Now I totally want to make yours! ;)


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