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!
10 Creative Ways to Eat More Greens
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.
6. Punch up meals with puree.
Pureed food isn’t just for little ones. Add vegetable purees to soups, stews, and sauces to up their superfood superpower. Most vegetables puree fairly easily in the blender. This Homemade Sweet Potato Puree recipe isn’t greens based, but it’s a good basic guide for pureeing veggies.
7. Serve meat and fish with a veggie topping.
Sauces can sink your healthy eating goals, so instead top your protein with simple sautéed or fresh greens. It will save a load of calories and increase that oh-so-important veggie intake. Try this tip for eating more veggies with Butterflied Lemon Roast Chicken or 6-Ingredient Wild Salmon Fillets.
8. Bring ‘em on for breakfast.
Make an effort to add green veggies to breakfast every day. Enjoy them in dishes like Skinny Protein Breakfast Frittata or Pita Pocket Breakfast Sandwich. Another option is to load up omelets, breakfast sandwiches, and casseroles with leafy greens.
9. Mix them into burger recipes.
If you have a hankering for burgers, take them up a healthy notch by adding greens, like finely chopped spinach, to the burger mix. This creative way to eat more greens will work for meatballs, too. Give it a go in Open Face Grilled Turkey Burgers, which includes spinach.
10. Re-imagine pizza crusts.
Yes, you can replace regular homemade pizza crust with great veggie alternatives like Cauliflower Pizza, made with a vegetable crust prepared in a food processor. Try another take on this idea with our popular Zucchini Crusted Pizza. Not precisely leafy greens–but still a tasty way to eat more greens!
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Resource :  American Heart Association