One of the best ways to obtain optimal health is by eating plenty of vegetables everyday . However, that can be easier said than done. To help ease the pain, here are 10 Easy and Fun Ways To Eat Your Greens.
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I am not going to lie, I’m not always in the mood for a morning smoothie because sometimes I want something warm and cozy. However, from the months of April until about November I LOVE them. Why you ask? Because they are so easy and fast to make. In addition, when done right, a smoothie for breakfast can pack a punch with nutrition while also keeping sugar levels low. See below photo for what goes in my smoothie.
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop Amazing Grass
1 tbsp Cacao Powder
1 scoop Collagen
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1-2 handfuls of fresh spinach or kale
2-3 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until well processed.
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I am a full blown salad girl. I adore eating them no matter the time of year, but not everybody feels that way. For most people, eating a salad for dinner is like eating a plate of weeds. In fact, there was I time where I felt the same. What changed me? Finding salad dressings and salad fixings that are full of flavor. Now I eat salads for dinner about 3-4 nights a week because not only do they make me feel amazing, and also I finally figured out how to make them incredibly fun to eat. Need some salad inspiration also? Check out these recipes:
Simple Herbed Lemon Vinaigrette (My all-time favorite dressing!)
One of the easiest ways of incorporating more greens into your diet is with microgreens. In short, microgreens are basically sprouts with all kinds of linked health benefits. My absolute favorite microgreens are broccoli sprouts, sunflower sprouts and cilantro (herbs fall into this category too). Add microgreens into the foods listed below for fun and tasty way to boost your nutrition.
- Toss into your favorite salads.
- Top your morning omelet with microgreens and cut tomatoes.
- Layer in your afternoon sandwich.
- Replace lettuce with microgreens on Taco Tuesday.
- Add to your favorite wrap.
Add to Eggs
Adding veggies like spinach and broccoli to your morning omelets or scrambled eggs is tasty and incredibly easy way to eat your greens. Or if you have a little more time, these make ahead breakfasts such as Bacon Chèvre Frittata or Crustless Spinach and Feta Quiche can make for incredibly relaxed mornings.
During the winter months when we all crave cozy comfort foods, soups loaded with veggies can be a warm and satisfying way to eat your greens. In addition, during my years of counseling clients with their weight loss journeys, those that made broth based soups during the cold weather months were much more successful in achieving their goals. Homemade broth based soups (as compared to their creamy counterparts) tend to be lower in calories and high in nutritional density (foods that have the biggest impact with nutrition compared to total calories). Here are some of my favorite soups for inspiration to eat your greens.
Tuscan Kale Soup (pictured above)
Ribollita (aka Tuscan Bread and Vegetable Soup)
In addition to the ways mentioned above, another fun and family friendly way to eat your greens is with pasta dishes. However, don’t feel limited by the recipes listed below. They are just examples of some of the ways I have snuck in veggies to our dinners. Just know, the possibilities are endless with adding greens such as spinach, kale, arugula, fresh oregano and basil.
Gnocchi Asparagus Skillet (pictured above)
Wraps and Sandwiches
Who doesn’t love a good sandwich now and then? Adding greens to wraps and sandwiches can be such a simple and satisfying way to eat your greens. In fact, I have been shocked by how many meat lovers have fallen head over heels for the veggie based sandwiches.
Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich (pictured above)
Roast or Grill
Another incredibly enjoyable way to eat your greens is by roasting or grilling them. There is something magical about broccoli and cauliflower that has been tossed in a little olive oil, sprinkled with salt and crushed garlic and then roasted at 350℉ on a cookie sheet until tender. Such a simple vegetable side and very popular with adults. Similarly, here are a few more adult friendly roasted or grilled veggie dishes.
Balsamic Grilled Brussel Sprouts (pictured above)
When you have Asian food lovers in your family, one of the easiest ways to sneak in all kinds of green veggies is with making a homemade stir fry. Once you get used to cooking at high heat and using this product, stir frying can be a breeze. Here are some recipes with all kinds of green veggies.
Egg Roll In a Bowl (pictured above)
Last but not least, cutting up celery, cucumbers, broccoli, bell peppers, zucchini and sugar snap peas to dip in a healthy homemade dip can make a great mid-day snack. Here are some of my favorite dip recipes to use with these cut up veggies.
Lemon Dill Hummus (pictured above)