With the month of St. Patrick’s Day upon us, and that I’m currently one country over from Ireland, celebrating the luck of the Irish has been on my mind. Since this day is all about wearing green for good luck, I figured there’s no better way to get lucky than to EAT your greens too! Green vegetables, both leafy and cruciferous, are full of vitamins and minerals that are great for your health, but a lot of people find it hard to eat as much as they should. If that sounds like you, here are four ways to add some more greens to your life!
Green smoothies have become very popular recently, and are a great way to sneak veggies into your diet first thing in the morning! Start off small by throwing a handful or two of spinach into your favorite fruit smoothie recipe (you won’t taste it, promise!). If you want to add even more green veggie power, throw in some kale, and maybe even replace some of the fruit with avocado to bring down the sugar content! Play around with the recipe until it’s just how you like it.
2. Eggs and Greens
My favorite way to eat greens is for breakfast with fried eggs on top. Sautee some onions, garlic, and broccoli in olive oil until cooked through, and then stir in kale and spinach. Add fried eggs on top, and if you really want to take it to the next level, add hot sauce and avocado. The runny egg yolk will cover the greens in goodness, convincing anyone to have greens for breakfast!
3. Kale Chips
Simple and delicious! Rip kale leaves off the stalk and into large pieces, and toss in avocado oil and salt. Put into a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on them and take them out when crispy. Snack away!
4. Add to Soups
Adding spinach, kale, chard, or collard greens to soup is an easy way to eat more greens. Toss in a few handfuls at the end of a full recipe, or add a handful when heating up a single portion of leftover soup. The greens will wilt down in size and mesh perfectly with any soup, from beef stew to thai curry.
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