How to Eat More Greens Everyday
You may or may not have noticed, but I’m BIG on veggies. When asked about my “diet,” all I can say is that I’m veggie-oriented. I eat meat, bread, and dessert (all in moderation), but my basic concern with any meal is whether there is fresh produce. Besides being fried, I pretty much don’t even care how it’s cooked. I want the nutrients. I want the vitamins. I want the fiber. And I want it to help fill me up with any meal. I remember growing up, my mom forced (I use that term very loosely) me to eat at least two stalks of broccoli when I ordered my favorite ‘Beef and Broccoli’ our local Chinese restaurant. I didn’t love it, but I knew the rules. Now, I have to remind myself to eat the beef because it’s the broccoli I’m so excited about. As an adult, my priorities and tastes have practically done a 180. Our everyday meals aren’t fancy, but they are definitely packed with veggies. And though dinner is a shoe-in, I have been trying to eat more greens during the day. I googled foods that help with bloating a few months ago and while ‘greens’ came up, it wasn’t just cruciferous leafy greens. On the list were green apples and cucumbers – two favorites that are EASY to get into my daily diet. So while I’m still working on adding more fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds to my diet, these three daily tricks are making my mission to eat more greens that much easier.
For lunch, I like to have an apple with peanut butter. I know green apples are tart and hard to enjoy for many, so don’t be afraid to jazz them up a bit until you get more used to the tartness (which does happen, I promise). I love peanut butter, but you can use any kind of nut butter. Other options include drizzles of honey or sprinkles of cinnamon and sugar. It’s better to trick yourself into eating greens rather than not getting them at all!
Another favorite – cucumber slices! They’re great on salads and with hummus of course, but we LOVE them sliced with Everything Bagel Seasoning. You can make your own (everything seasoning recipe here) or buy it at Trader Joe’s (certainly the easier route). It’s a great snack, but we love it as an appetizer while we’re getting dinner ready.
And one last add-in? Make every dinner a salad – sorta… I always have salad greens in the fridge. Every night at dinner, I add a handful (sometimes two if I’m up to it) of leaves to my plate underneath whatever we’re having for dinner. The raw greens are SO GOOD FOR YOU and a handful is hardly noticeable. My favorite is to have it under spaghetti, but just about every dinner is tasty. If the dinner itself doesn’t have some sort of sauce, then I’ll add a LITTLE bit of olive oil and vinegar, but not very much…
Eating more greens everyday is so easy! You’ll have a 6-pack in no time! #dreams, right?!