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
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
2. Make A Green Soup
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
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
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,
5. Use Them As Pizza Toppings
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
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
7. Make A Signature Pesto
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
Ditch the usual refined wheat wraps for something a lot more healthy. Take raw lettuce or blanched swiss