Do you keep telling yourself that you need to eat more greens? And what’s all this talk about “superfoods”?
Greens such a spinach, kale and broccoli are rich in antioxidants and among some of the top foods in fighting illness, thus making them a superfood. “Antioxidants play a major role in protecting your body from viruses so they’re important to health. Eating at least three servings of greens each and every day will provide your body with enough antioxidants to keep you protected,” explains fitday.com. Just think, eat a green with every meal and you are on on the right track to a healthier lifestyle. You’ll be able to pat yourself on the back for making healthy choices!
Here are five ways to help you get started. Your body will thank you.
1. Make a Kale Breakfast Shake
Chop up one cup of raw kale and throw it in the blender with almond milk, juice or water. Blend the kale until smooth. Add frozen blueberries, strawberries, one banana, one apple, plain greek yogurt and a ½ cup of oatmeal. This is a complete breakfast and wonderful for when you are on the run. One serving of greens-check!
2. Serve Eggs Over a Bed of Sauteed Greens
The traditional American egg breakfast is usually loaded with carbs and fats such as potatoes and bacon. Try something fresh, healthy and new by sauteing some spinach or kale. Place your eggs on the bed of green goodness and top it off with your favorite hot sauce or salsa.
3. Prepare a Veggie Scramble
Go crazy and chop up every green veggie you have in your fridge such as broccoli, spinach and basil. Throw in some diced tomato and a little goat cheese. Mix it all together and ta-dah, another healthy meal packed with greens.
4. Skip the Bread and Wrap up Your Sandwich in Lettuce or Collard Greens
Lettuce wraps are easy and tasty. You can turn any sandwich into a wrap. Perhaps try a basic tuna sandwich with a little pickle, lemon, fresh dill and sprouts. Maybe you are more in the mood for asian style chicken wraps with carrots, cabbage and a sesame, lime and cilantro dressing? Anything you put on bread, you can put in lettuce!
5. Roast a Green Medley of Veggies for Dinner
Brussel sprouts, broccoli, green beans and asparagus are divine when drizzled with a olive oil and roasted for 25 minutes. Compliment this dish with sliced mushrooms, carrots and onions, then season with 3-4 minced garlic cloves, lemon, salt and pepper. Add two more greens by sprinkling minced parsley and basil prior to serving.
You did it, another green meal!