Sometimes when we are really hungry or in a hurry it can be too easy to forget our nourishing greens. Instead, we just reach for something sweet or salty. Luckily, there are many quick ways to get more greens into your daily meals and snacks.
Greens are low-carb, raw, fat-free, low-cal, gluten-free and vegan. That means no matter what diet you’re on—from raw to Paleo—greens fit right in. Crisp, fresh and dark leafy greens are great in a salad or steamed as a side. But if you’re tired of the same old steamed spinach, here are a few new ways to enjoy leafy greens.
Swiss chard is a favorite for simple leafy green sautés. The dark green leaves are a visual treat while the mild, slightly peppery flavor blends well with garlic, water chestnuts and mushrooms. Also try kale, beet greens, mustard greens, spinach or a mixture of several varieties.
Green Smoothies and Juices:
This is probably the quickest way to get in your recommended servings of vegetables. One of our favorite combinations is green apple, lemon, ginger, kale, parsley and spinach. Spirulina, chlorella, or a good green powder are also healthy and convenient for smoothie additions.
Tuck some kale between layers of lasagna noodles, throw a handful of collard greens or chard into your favorite ravioli, or toss macaroni with a nutritious spinach pesto. You’ll find comfort in knowing that your favorite foods have a boost of nutrition.
Soups are a great way to use leftover leafy greens that you have on hand. Add collard greens to lentil soup or kale to any sausage, potato or white bean concoction. Even those who don’t get excited by cooking greens enjoy the earthy flavors they provide in soups.
Next time you get a hankering for a big ol’ omelet, add in some shredded kale, cilantro or parsley for a big flavor boost without adding extra calories or fat. Quick, warm, savory and nutritious, what more could you ask for?
Baked kale chips are a crispy, crunchy way to snack on leafy greens. Kids love them, too! Click here for a recipe!