Easy Ways to Eat More Leafy Greens
By Genevieve Cunningham
Eating more green food is a good start to a healthy diet. Unless we're talking about candied chocolates or Skittles, green food tends to fall on the healthier side of the spectrum. Foods such as green beans and broccoli and sweet peas are all full of healthy nutrients. And if you really want to take your diet up a notch, make sure it has plenty of leafy greens. Foods such as lettuce and spinach and kale are some of the best foods for your body. But how do we get more of these leafy greens? How do we add them to the menu without burning ourselves out on these choices? Luckily, it's probably easier than you think! If you're interested in improving your diet this year, take a look at these tips for getting more leafy greens into your everyday diet.
In Your Salads
Let's look at the most obvious way first. Salads are generally full of lettuce -- it's basically the base for any salad. But by adding spinach and kale to the mix, you really change the overall flavor and texture of the salad. If you already eat salads, then this is a really easy trick. Just cut up some extra greens with your usual lettuce, add your favorite toppings, and you've made one of your healthier meals even healthier.
In a Smoothie
You may be one who thinks of all things sweet when imagining a smoothie, but green smoothies are all the rage. Adding kale or baby spinach to a smoothie (along with other fruits and vegetables) gives your breakfast or midday snack a seriously healthy kick. Just do a quick internet search for recipes, and then give a few a try. It might take a little experimenting to find the perfect recipe for your taste buds, but it will be worth it when your health takes a turn in the right direction.
In Your Main Dishes
If you chop up leafy greens small enough, you won't even know they're there. For anyone who dislikes the thought of leafy greens, this might be the best option. Chop up some baby spinach and mix it into your omelette. Chop up some kale and add it to your casserole. You might be surprised at the improved flavor. And of course, you'll be adding a healthy spin to whatever you're cooking. When all else fails, sneaking in the good food is a start in the right direction.
Leafy greens are excellent for your diet, but they're definitely not everyone's favorite. If you need to add more to your life, try these options. With a willingness to experiment and an open mind, you can improve your diet and eat a healthier diet than ever before.
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