Start with one handful of leafy greens with some fruit, lemon juice and water or unsweetened almond milk. Experiment with different flavor combinations. Adding in handfuls of spinach (kale or swiss chard) to your next smoothie is not only good for you....it's a simple way to bulk up your green totals for the day and add in protein and fiber. Blending it also aids in digestion and is easily absorbed in the body. Try it today!
2. make your bed (plated greens)
This trick always comes in handy after a long day at work. When I'm not in the mood to cook up a separate veggie, like broccoli or asparagus. I will plate my dinner by first laying down a 'bed' (get it....making your bed) of greens as the base layer to my meal. Then top it with whatever we're having...like pasta and sauce. Or beans and rice. The hot food warms up the greens and you can mix it right into your plate. Feel free to squeeze some fresh lemon or lime juice to the greens for that extra burst of flavor. This is one of my favorite tricks!! Hope this helps.
Similar to number #2. Adding in handfuls of greens when you can to your plate is always a step in the right direction. No need to make a crazy full blown salad each night. Just add a side of greens to your plate and top with your favorite dressing. Keep it as simple as that. Maybe after a week or two you can add a cucumber slice or even carrots. The idea is to increase your fiber and dial up your vitamins and minerals. Bonus....adding more greens each day will keep your immune sytem humming. Stop illness in it's tracks and add in more green!
4. prep ahead....no excuse you're too tired
Ben Franklin said it best...'By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.' Creating a loose meal plan (nothing too rigid...life needs to be fun & spontaneous) and cooking ahead, when you can, really helps you stay on track. I find Sundays to be a great planning day for me. I use up what's in my freezer and pantry and add in fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits. Cooking up batches of quinoa or brown rice makes dinner come together fast and less hassle during the work week.
5. steam veggies in minutes
I used to drag around my trusty steamer basket on every talk I did and hold it up like the hero of all kitchen gadgets. However, lately I've been gently steaming my veggies in a shallow pan with either water or veggie broth (bring it to a boil, then reduce down & cover it) and it steams in minutes. I steam them so quickly that I'm not loosing too many nutrients in the water and it's one less item to wash after dinner. Score!
Wishing you all a wonderful week filled with GREENS!!!