Of course, one of the big things I tell my health coaching clients over and over is to eat more vegetables. This isn’t big news, everyone knows they should eat more fruits and veggies. What I really wish I could do is institute another food group, a group consisting of all things green. And it would be the most important of all the groups, reining supreme and looking down it’s royal nose at all the other groups, because they really are just that amazing!
Eaten raw, cooked in your favorite dish, or blended up in a smoothie, what is so amazing about all things green and leafy? Let’s list really quickly all the amazing things greens do for you:
- Super low in calories (not that I count calories, but it’s still a nice side benefit).
- Cancer prevention.
- Builds immune system.
- Improved function of organs, especially kidneys, liver, and gallbladder.
- Huge amounts of nutrition.
- Gives you lots of energy.
- Helps with sugar cravings.
- Improved circulation and cleansing of the blood.
And the list could just go on and on! Greens are basically the perfect food, but also the food that most people are really missing out on. Think about it, when is the last time you have eaten greens? And no, that half a leaf of nearly nutrition-less iceberg on top of your fast food burger doesn’t count.
Drastically increasing the amount of greens I consume every day was key to losing all my weight.
But what if you aren’t a fan of “rabbit food?” How do you get in those greens? Here are 5 ways to enjoy that goodness that you will love!
- Of course, salad: Thankfully salad doesn’t have to be boring, and the options are endless! One of my favorite salad recipes is here.
- Soup: While you can add any greenery, kale and spinach are especially great cooked in soups. Probably the most popular soup that incorporates greens is Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana, but you can throw greens into any soup and it adds not only a bunch of nutrition, but also a lot of pretty color.
- Sauteed as a side in butter: As we have been participating in our co-op, we have ended up with lots of strange fruits and vegetables in our weekly basket, and I have discovered a neat trick. When you don’t know what to do with a vegetable, you can’t go wrong sauteing it in butter. The great part about this strategy with greens is that the good fat actually helps your body to better absorb all those great fat soluble vitamins. I love doing this with collard greens or Swiss chard. You can also use coconut or olive oil, but butter is my favorite!
- Smoothies: I adore green smoothies. I love them so much, I should marry them. I have one nearly every single day for breakfast, and I give them to the kids. We all love them, and I don’t know of a better way to get a huge smack of nutrition all in one cup. Having a high powered blender like a Blendtec makes it easy to whip up a delicious smoothie every morning. And the best part about the Blendtec is that it is way easy to clean! I’ve cut my fingers on enough blender blades in the past, I love that the blunt blades on the Blendtec make that impossible.
- Smoothie pops: What kid doesn’t love popcicles? And whether that kid is 8 or 80, they are sure to love some leftover green smoothies frozen into pops. It is a really delicious and painless way to get some greens in. Yum!
- Fried rice: This is my “How do I use up all these veggies that are going to go bad soon” meal. Greens are always a great accompaniment to these kinds of dishes, and the color makes it look so pretty! Bok choy works especially well for Asian-themed recipes. This is my favorite fried rice recipe.
Are you a fan of greens? What is your favorite way to get in your daily dose?