Tasty Tips to Eat More Greens
By Sara Butler
How much green food do you eat in a day? Probably not enough. You should be eating about two to three cups of vegetables each day. Many people struggle to fit that in but there are some very creative, non-salad ways you can get your greens. Here are some tips to help.
Sip Them in a Smoothie
You've got this whole morning smoothie thing down pat. You add in some almond milk, protein powder, banana, and -- spinach! Yes! Adding greens to your daily smoothie is a great way to sneak in a little green. Greens such as baby kale and spinach are so mild that you probably won't even notice them.
Go Green ... With Chips
Everyone loves a crunchy snack and you've missed the kale chip train, then you're really missing out. Kale chips are easy to make and flavor in a variety of ways, plus they're a great way to introduce more greens into your day.
All you have to do is wash and dry some collard greens or kale, toss them in a little oil, lemon juice, and salt, then bake at 300 degrees for about a half-hour. You can experiment with different flavors too, such as red pepper flakes, soy sauce, honey, or vinegar. Whatever flavor combination you like can work for this versatile and tasty alternative to potato chips.
If you love cozying up to a hot bowl of soup in the winter, then consider adding some flair to your favorite recipe with some greens. You can up the nutrition profile of most soups by adding in kale, mustard greens, Swiss chard, and spinach. Whatever floats your soup boat!
Add Them to Eggs
If you're a fan of a nice morning scramble, then consider adding in a bit of greens. A cup or two of your favorite chopped greens goes great with scrambled eggs. But you don't need to limit them to a scramble. Make some egg muffins on the go and add in some spinach to help them be a bit more nutritious.
Wrap It Up
Sandwiches are a lunchtime staple, but who says you have to use bread? Try wrapping your favorite sandwich up in collard green leaves. Simply wash and remove the stem from a leaf, add your favorite fillings, and enjoy your lunch on the go.
Getting more greens in your diet isn't tough, you just need to make an effort!
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