11 Nutritious Reasons to Eat Food Scraps

It’s not trash—it’s dinner!

By Emily Main


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Leafy greens are the healthiest veggies you can eat—but don’t eat just the leaves. The stems pack just as much nutrition. In fact, chard stems are rich in glutamine, an amino acid that boosts your immune system and helps muscle recovery after workouts. Chop up the stems and sauté them in some oil until they’re soft, then add your chopped leafy greens.

Try it: Spicy Pickled Chard Stems

Learn More: Growing Collard Greens

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