This is a guest post by Heather Rampolla.
Do you ever feel like it’s a struggle to eat more greens? Perhaps you know you should be eating more leafy greens, but chewing on another (boring) salad… seems so blah!
There are many magical benefits from consuming leafy green vegetables:
- Full of vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytochemicals;
- Rich in fiber, an important nutrient for optimal digestion, weight loss, and controlling hunger;
- Helps lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and temper blood-sugar swings;
- Contains a lot of water to help keep you hydrated;
- Contributes to beautiful skin and hair;
- May help ward off depression and improve mood
You likely already know all this but struggle with how to make greens fit in without any drastic change to your current lifestyle.
Regardless of what Kermit the Frog has told you, eating more greens can be easy without sacrificing taste.
Here Are 3 Simple Magic Tricks To Eat More Greens Painlessly:
#1 – “Chop The Crop”
Sometimes I just want to eat a “normal” meal– not a salad– and sometimes I feel too lazy to chop my veggies by hand. On days like these I gently pulsate my greens in my blender or food processor and throw them into whatever hearty dish I happen to be cooking.
This “chop the crop” technique greatly reduces the volume of my greens. With this method, I can easily get in lots of leafy greens without feeling like I’m eating lots of greens. Plus, it only takes a matter of seconds to chop and toss into any meal.
If you’re not a fan of kale by all means switch it out with spinach or another leafy green you love.
#2 – “Green Drink Packs”
If you’ve never tried green smoothies and juices before, they can sound like drinking lawnmower pulp or swamp water. I assure you they’re not. In fact they can be a super way of adding in your greens without tasting them.
But even if you know that you like green smoothies or juices – when you’re busy, sometimes the idea of pulling out multiple ingredients to make a green smoothie or juice can feel overwhelming.
“Green Drink Packs” are so simple to make. One day a week I create 5-7 “packs”. Here’s how you make them:
For smoothies, I use a large plastic baggie that includes all my ingredients to make one green smoothie recipe. I make these packs in bulk and stack them neatly in the freezer. That way when I need a super fast meal or snack, all I have to do is pop a Green Drink Pack out, maybe add some water to the blender, and voila! Literally 2 minutes to make a meal.
For juices, I use an 8-10 cup container, and place all my ingredients to make one green juice recipe. I usually lay the greens first, and use the weight of the cucumber, celery or apples to compact the greens. I also make these in bulk for the week and stack them in my fridge. It takes about 15 minutes max in prep time, but saves me about 15 minutes each day.
Drink Packs are perfect for when you’re busy or on-the-go. You’re getting handfuls of fresh fruits and veggies that without blending or juicing would be time consuming to eat.
Here a few Green Drink Pack ideas to get you started.
#3 – “Roll With It”
Have you discovered that even with the best of intentions that salad that you brought to work gets ditched as you head for the deli? Especially at lunch time we tend to crave foods that we can eat with our hands…pizza, sandwiches, wraps, etc.
Why not change it up a bit and use your leafy greens as the base of your wraps and sandwiches. Fill them as you would any other store bought wrap. Or toss in some of your leftovers for a quick meal.
Collard greens, and Swiss chard are two of my favorites to make wraps with because they are large and can easily fit lots of fun fillings inside. You can also use tender butter leaf lettuce and make smaller wraps.
Sure, it’s not quite the same as eating with bread, but you’re also eliminating the wheat and gluten, which converts to sugar and adds on weight.
Try my Sesame Ginger Wraps recipe that your whole family will love.
Now that you have 3 Magic Methods to painlessly add in more greens, which one are you most excited to try?
Heather Rampolla shows you how to add in more fresh foods into your busy lifestyle without sacrificing taste. Want more help? Click here to discover the 3 Steps To Get Out Of Your FUNK & Stop Eating JUNK!