Remember those days your mom would urge you to finish your greens. It’s for good reason! Green leafy vegetables have are a gold mine of nutrients. If that’s the case then how come Americans eat greens only about once or twice a week? Why are cabbage, turnip greens, and spinach rarely seen at the American dinner table?
Why is lettuce the only green vegetable that most Americans ever use? Green veggies are inexpensive and packed with a treasure full of of nutrients.
What I love about leafy vegetables is that they’re low in calories helping you manage weight loss, high in fiber which helps replenish your gut flora, and their high concentration of antioxidants help ward off cancer and heart disease.
1. Add greens to smoothies.
This is one of my favorites. If you are not a vegetable lover, a smoothie can completely mask the taste of any green. If you’re one of these people, spinach is likely the perfect smoothie addition for you because it has a rather neutral taste and goes undetected when combined with fruits like bananas or berries. Here’s my favorite breakfast smoothie.
2. Make a vegetable soup.
…or a bean soup, or a lentil soup. Just be sure to add your greens! Kale nicely is a nice compliment to soup as is celery, or try to wilt your greens into a noodle soup. Don’t forget to garnish with microgreens!
3. Add greens to a sauce.
Wilt some greens into your tomato sauce, or give your homemade pesto sauce an extra green kick. Yes, I’m telling you to add even more greens than basil. Throw some baby kale or microgreens into the food processor for a super green boost.
4. Make a vegetable dip.
When I think of the autumn season, things like cinnamon aromas, crisp temperatures, and vibrant foliage come to mind. However, I recognize that for many people the autumn season provokes feelings of excitement for football. What I’m trying to say is football season is the perfect time to experiment with healthy vegetable dips! The next time you host a gathering for a game, try making a crowd-pleasing Greek-yogurt-based spinach and artichoke dip.
5. Dehydrate greens into chips.
Lastly, making veggie chips is always a fun idea and a delicious way to eat your greens. If you don’t own a dehydrator, try baking your greens in the oven until they crisp to your liking. Here’s my favorite kale chip recipe.
This week I want 2/3 meals of you day to have one serving of greens, and it’ll eventually become just part of your routine.