Feel like you have your veggies on a 1-2 week cycle of boring? Would you say your repertoire of green leafy vegetables is very diverse? You may think spinach, lettuce, and arugula are as varied as it gets. While those are all well and good, they can become mundane and monotonous. Notoriously people have no idea what to do when it comes to certain greens or how to use them. Or that it might take too much effort and time to come up with a tasty, yet healthy new option. There are simple ways to get the necessary nutrients in that are fun and exciting to both cook and eat! Here are 3 ways to use 3 greens you may have never tried before!
3 Greens to Try at least Once in Your Life:
Kale is a great source of calcium, antioxidants, fiber, potassium and Vitamins K, A and C
Bok Choy is a great source of antioxidants, Vitamins C, A, and K, calcium
Collard Greens are a great source of antioxidants, calcium, fiber, folate, Vitamins C and K
3 Novel Ways to Prep your Greens:
Smoothies are a refreshing way to get in a variety of whole fruits and vegetables in a delicious and different way.
Chips are an excellent alternative to potato chips, popcorn and other extremely greasy and salty snacks.
Soups can be very creative, hearty and warming and get you happily through any lunch or dinner.
Instead of reaching your hand into that greasy, sodium loaded bag of potato chips tonight, test out home made kale chips. With both good fats and just enough sprinkled salt to satisfy that craving you won’t be able to turn them down.
1 head of kale
Wash the kale and dry the leaves.
Pull the leaves off of the stem into mouth-size pieces.
Drizzle or lightly paint the top of the leaves with olive oil.
Add salt, pepper and dill to taste.
Bake on 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes.
Shake your morning up or your dessert with this vitamin packed treat from The Smoothie Handbook (www.smoothie-handbook.com) to find awesome new ways to get your greens in!
1 large banana, ripe
2 cups collard greens, fresh
1 cup blueberries, frozen
1/4 cup strawberries, frozen
1 packet of stevia
1 cup pure water
Pour water in first. Then place the banana closest to the blade with the rest of the ingredients on top. Blend until smooth. Serves 1-2
Try out this great recipe and easy directions by Rachael Ray and the Food Network for Spicy Shrimp and Bok Choy Noodle Soup http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/spicy-shrimp-and-bok-choy-noodle-bowl-recipe/index.html
All you have to do is get creative! Greens are not just reserved for salads and dinner; there are delicious ways to get them into every meal and snack. Not only will you feel great, but also finding new ways to eat healthy helps you become more motivated and feel that sense of reward you’ve most likely been searching for. Challenge yourself this week and try to find a way to get greens into every meal you eat. Kick off the challenge by adding Kale, Bok Choy and Collard Greens into your food mix this week!