You know veggies are must-haves, but if you have to eat one more salad you’re going to scream…so what’s a woman to do? Check out these 10 creative ways to eat more greens.
Greens are an oh-so-important part of living a healthier lifestyle. These vegetables tend to be low in calories, plus they’re full of fiber, which is a key component to weight loss and weight maintenance. They’re also responsible for delivering a host of nutrients the body needs, from potassium and selenium to an alphabet soup of vitamins.
About half of your plate at every meal should be made up of veggies and their good food counterparts, fruits, according to the American Heart Association . So let’s get started!
1. Toss back a smoothie.
Healthy smoothie recipes with greens are tasty ways to add more vegetables to your day. If you’re not a veggie fan, smoothie recipes are ideal because many of them include apples, blueberries, or other fruits to add a touch of sweetness. Try Better Than a Shake Green Smoothie or Green Tea Kiwi-Berry Smoothie.
2. Get juicy with it.
Juicing is a super nutritious way to consume those greens without having to buy processed juices, which often contain added sugar and sodium. Recipes like Mean Green Juice and 4 Juice Recipes to Get More Leafy Greens into Your Diet are good starting points.
3. Crunch on chips.
4. Stock those soup recipes.
Load up your favorite soups with vegetable ingredients. You can make a veggie-based recipe, like Lentil and Kale Soup, or, if a soup recipe doesn’t call for greenery, add a big handful of spinach to the pot during the last few minutes of cooking.
5. Wrap up sandwiches.
Ditch conventional wraps and instead spoon ingredients into a wrap made of lettuce leaves or collard leaves. Best Ever Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Spinach and Feta Lettuce Wrap are delish lunch options.