Growing up in my family, you better eat black-eyed peas and greens on New Years Day. Black-eyed peas are for good luck, and greens are for wealth. I especially love that we start the New Year with two healthy foods.
Black-eyed peas are a good source of soluble fiber. This type of fiber is beneficial for your heart. Fiber also helps you stay full longer and helps with blood sugar control. They are also an excellent source of thiamine (a B vitamin), which helps with neurofunction and digestion.
There are a wide variety of dark leafy green vegetables, but we usually eat turnip greens on New Years. Turnip greens are loaded with vitamin K. Vitamin K is involved in blood clotting and helps prevent bone fractures. Turnip greens are also high in bone helping calcium. They have antioxidants like vitamin C, A and beta-carotene. Greens, like black-eyed peas, are also high in fiber.
Have a happy, healthy and full year!
Sautéed Turnip Greens
A large bunch of cleaned and dried Turnip Greens (or collards, kale, beet greens or mustard greens)
1-2 cloves minced garlic
1 Tbsp oil
½ tsp red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste
Saute the oil and the garlic in the pan until the garlic is fragrant. Add red pepper flakes. Add the greens in handfuls allowing each bunch to wilt slightly. Cook until the greens are tender and some of the bitterness is cooked out. Salt and pepper to taste.