We’ve all heard that green veggies – like kale, spinach, cabbage, or collard greens – are a must for our diets. These nutritional powerhouses are packed full of vitamin K, vitamin C, iron, calcium, magnesium, protein, fiber lutein, carotene, and more. This stellar health profile gives them the ability to protect our cells, improve eye health, carry anti-aging properties, reduce bloating, relieve stress, and improve gut health… we could go on.
The only problem is that people hold a grudge against these incredibly healthy foods or just don’t know how to add more to their diet. Check out these tips for delicious and convenient ways to add more leafy greens to your meals.
Blend them up in a smoothie
A handful of leafy greens into a smoothie can do wonders in boosting its nutritional value and is a great way to start the day.
Mix them with some eggs
If we do say so ourselves, eggs are the perfect accompaniment for sautéed greens. You could mix them into your scrambled eggs, make a frittata, an omelet, or whatever you’re in the mood for!
Make it easy for yourself
Salads are a great place to add these veggies to your diet. Luckily there is the quick and convenient option of pre-washed and prepared greens for a salad bowl for a stress-free lunch.
Get local and seasonal
We recently wrote an article explaining the better taste, nutrient value, and price of local and in-season produce. If you feel out of your depth exploring your local food scene not to worry, we have an article about that too!
Use the whole thing
We commonly use only a certain part of a vegetable and wind up wasting food that is still tasty and nutritious. For example, broccoli leaves, kale stems, beet greens, and parsley stems are full of nutrients so don’t forget about them! The perfect place to sneak them into your diet is soups, sautés, pestos, and smoothies.
Dress them up
Many leafy greens need to be eaten with fat in order for your body to extract the most nutrients out of them as possible. So don’t be shy to dress them up with your olive oil, butter, avocado oil, nuts, seeds, or whatever you like.