8 Clever Ways To Get More Greens Into Your Diet

Easy Ways To Load Up On Greens

Leafy greens are undoubtedly one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. If you’re looking to revamp your diet, adding more greens is the way to go. Dark greens like kale and spinach especially, contain vitamins A, C and K and nutrients like iron and calcium. However, not everyone likes the bitter taste they often come with, nor do they have the time to make a green side everyday. Luckily, greens are some of the most versatile foods out there and can easily be snuck into most recipes. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are eight easy ways to eat more greens.

1. Add Them To Your Breakfast Eggs

 Add Chopped Greens To Eggs While Cooking Them

If you love eating eggs for breakfast, there’s a way to make them even more nutritious. Greens and eggs are a match made in heaven. If you’re making scrambled eggs, an omelette or even a frittata on fancier days, there’s always a way to add some greens in there. Swiss chard and spinach can be chopped up and added to these dishes to make them even more delicious. You can even add more bitter greens like turnip or mustard greens to eggs to soften their flavor.

2. Make A Green Soup

Add Greens Of Your Choice Into The Stock

Soups are a great way to get in all your veggies. They take very little time to make and can make any vegetable you toss in there delicious. Add chopped Swiss chard, watercress or kale to the broth and boil until they’re just about cooked. This is a great way to eat greens because none of the nutrients can escape, they just get released into the broth. Enzymes present in greens will also help you digest your meal better, so you won’t feel bloated and uncomfortable later.

3. Fill A Taco With Them

Add Wilted Greens To Tacos Along With Healthy Toppings

Who doesn’t love a good taco? The good news is, as long as you hold back on the cheese, most taco fillings are actually very nutritious. Not a lot of people add greens to their taco, but it’s definitely time you started doing this. Add wilted greens like spinach to your taco and top it up with avocado, black beans and salsa. You’ll love eating this delicious taco so much, you won’t even realize how healthy it is.

4. Blend Them Into A Smoothie

Disguise Them In A Delicious Smoothie

These days it looks like everyone and their mother is posting a picture of themselves holding a green smoothie. However, far from being an Instagram fad, green smoothies are one of the healthiest food trends yet. You can add any greens you like (or don’t like) into a smoothie and whiz it up with other ingredients to mask the flavor. You can add bananas, coconut water, peanut butter and some honey to make a tasty breakfast smoothie.

5. Use Them As Pizza Toppings

Throw A Bunch Of Them Over A Pizza Base

It is universally accepted that any food tastes a hundred times better when sitting on top of a pizza. You can use this miracle to your advantage by adding a ton of leafy greens to a pizza base. You can use cheese on the base, but make sure it isn’t processed cheese. If you want to leave out the dough-ey base completely, you can boil and mash broccoli and use this as your pizza base.

6. Bake Them Into Chips

Crispy Greens Make A Great Snack

Every once in a while, we need something crunchy to munch on. Potato chips might have been our go-to snack before, but now that we’re older and wiser, we know how bad they are for our health. Luckily, crispy greens are even more flavorful than potato chips and are much, much more healthy. Wash and dry your greens, drizzle them with some olive oil and spread over a baking sheet. Dust them with your favorite spices and bake until crispy.

7. Make A Signature Pesto

Whiz Them Up With Olive Oil And Garlic

Basil pesto might be a classic, but there’s no reason why you can’t sneak a few more greens in there to make it even healthier. Add greens like arugula, mustard greens or carrot tops along with some toasted pine nuts, garlic and olive oil to make a delicious pesto. Drizzle this over whole wheat pasta to make a healthy weekday dinner.

8. Make A Leafy Wrap

 Wrap Them Around A Healthy Salad

Ditch the usual refined wheat wraps for something a lot more healthy. Take raw lettuce or blanched swiss chard and fill it with a healthy salad. Wrap this into a little pocket and bite into its healthy goodness. These wraps also make great work lunches because they won’t get soggy from the filling. You can stick a toothpick through it to keep it all in place until you’re ready to eat them.