3 Ways to Incorporate More Greens into your Diet
GREENS: it's something we should probably all be eating a little more off. There are so many health benefits to eating you greens, I know I have been told so ever since I was in primary school. I realised a few months ago that I really wasn't eating enough of them though. I decided to make a more conscious effort of eating my greens, and I picked up a few tricks along the way which I'm sharing with you today.
Personally, I try my best to incorporate greens into at least one meal I eat a day. Hopefully these tips will help you do the same!
1. Blend it up
Adding greens to your smoothies is a well-known health hack. I personally like adding spinach to my smoothies.
My go-to combo is: Frozen Bananas, Raspberries, Spinach, Peanut Butter and Soy Milk. It tastes delicious and besides the colour, you would have no clue that there's spinach in there.
There is also another way to add blended greens into your diet though. Recently, I have been
blending spinach with a little bit of water, and adding it to savoury sauces. I have done it with a red spaghetti sauce, as well as a curry. Spinach in itself really doesn't taste of much, so you can add it to pretty much everything. Although I don't mind adding whole leaf greens to some of my dinners, at other times I don't like the added texture of them. That's when blended greens come in: they don't temper with the taste or texture, but they do add some great extra nutrients to your meal!
2. Get crunchy
I have a new obsession, and they are called kale crisps. More specifically, *homemade kale crisps. I know kale crisps have been on the market for a while, and I have tried a few different brands, but I was never a fan. I thought I was just not a fan of kale crisps, until I made them myself one day and realised just how delicious they are. They are super simple to make and only take 15 minutes in the oven, meaning that they're the perfect snack for afternoon cravings.
Here is how I make mine:
Homemade Kale Crisps
- Curly kale (6 large leaves)
- Olive Oil (1 tbsp)
- Salt (1 tsp) - I use garlic salt for some extra flavour, but regular salt works great as well.
- Preheat your oven to 150°C
- Wash you kale and chop into bite-size pieces.
- In a large bowl, add you kale, olive oil and salt. Using your hands, combine and make sure all kale pieces are covered.
- Place the kale onto a baking sheet lined oven tray.
- Roast for 15 - 18 minutes, until the kale starts browning on the edges.
- Let cool for 5 minutes and enjoy!
This is currently one of my favourite ways to enjoy eating my greens. This recipe is a very simple one, but you can add so much to make the kale crisps tasty.
Try adding nutritional yeast, smoked paprika or BBQ seasoning. I love experimenting with different flavours for this recipe.
3. Use a powder
I know that eating your greens in their whole, fresh form is best, but sometimes that's just not an option. I have been in this situation plenty of times, where I feel in need of some extra nutrients, but don't have any fresh greens on hand. That's where a greens powder comes in. I would suggest you use this as a back-up to eating your greens fresh; Personally, I only use my greens powder a few times a month.
The specific greens powder I use is this one, from Amazing Grass. I simply mix one scoop of this with a big glass of water. The taste it pretty nice and although the texture is a bit powdery, it still makes an enjoyable drink. I also add spirulina powder to my smoothies occasionally for an extra boost. There are so many greens powder out there to choose from, so try some out yourself and see which one you prefer. Always make sure to look at the ingredients to make sure that there's no unnecessary add-ins: the goal here is health!
These are just some of many ways in which you can incorporate greens into your diet. There is
such a variety of greens out there, so take some time and experiment to figure out how you like yours best.
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