Wellness

How To Eat Your Greens

By Tennille Ziegler - 22 Aug 2016

How To Eat Your Greens

We hear ya—an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But, how about these days when it’s not just an apple a day that keeps the doctor away, but also kale, swiss chard, broccoli, pea protein, spinach, celery and basically any wholefood you can think of?

Yes, there’s a revolution happening, a health revolution. And it’s all about eating a wholefoods diet. While it seems like another fad to hit the health scene, we’ve seen plenty of research actually making us want to vouch for it. 

So, if you’re considering switching up the McD’s for some more veges, but don’t really know how to up the greens in your dietary intake, never fear, as we are here! 

Without further ado, we bring you, nine ways to eat your greens. 

#1 Spinach Smoothie

Spinach may be flying under the radar at the moment as other green vegetables take the spotlight. However, this is one green not to be forgotten. Spinach is full of vitamins and minerals and can be used in a number of ways. If you’re a newbie to green smoothies start with spinach as it’s a subtle, green leaf veg that will have your smoothie looking like ultimate health and you most likely won’t even taste it. You can try our recipe here.

#2 Chargrilled Broccoli

If you have tried the chargrilled broccoli at Burger Burger then you will know what we are talking about when we tell you broccoli can actually taste good. Think, chargrilled in butter and garlic, topped with slivered almonds. This is truly a sensational delight to our tastebuds. Our prayers have been answered. 

#3 Avocado On Toast

Avocado on toast is a classic. If you ever take a trip to America, introduce them to this phenomenon. They. Will. Love. You. And now that the Avocado drought is over, you can actually afford to buy avos. They not only taste good, but are a great way to get your daily intake of healthy fats. 

#4 Try Rainbow Chard

It’s a good thing Rainbow Chard looks pretty, ‘cause it doesn’t taste that pretty. We have this on our list because it has SO many benefits, including antioxidants, iron, chlorophyll, fiber, just to name a few. We recommend cooking or steaming to make it taste better. Pro tip: eat the stems, which are similar texture to celery, as they are also full of nutrients. 

#5 Protein Hit With Collard Greens

Collard greens pack five grams of protein per cup, and are loaded with calcium, B6 vitamins and natural sleep aid tryptophan. If you needed more reason to try this green veg, they make a great midnight snack. Try making collard chips, or crumbling them on top of soups. 

#6 Salad Additions

If you can’t stomach a full portion of your veg intake with greens, then try some of as these salad toppings. We guarantee they’ll make the salad taste better, not worse. Finish your salad off with some edamame beans, snap peas and cucumber.

#7 Make A Rocket Salad

Yes this can be a totally rocking salad, but we’re actually referring to the green leaf also known as Arugula. Rocket has the most calcium of all the salad greens and is packed with antioxidants.

#8 Kale Chips

We know some people have an avid hate towards Kale, and it’s probably because its rise to stardom was a very fast increase. But, if you haven’t tried kale chips then you can’t have an opinion. Crispy kale chips are best cooked in the oven, but be sure to check on them regularly as they burn quite easily.

#9 Stir-Fried Bok Choy

If you’re a fan of Asian infusion meals then Bok Choy should definitely be on your grocery list. Bok Choy is a key supporter for a healthy gut, aiding in producing inflammation and allergy-fighting substances. 

Need more health inspo? Here are 11 Healthy Snacks To Keep At Your Desk

Image credit: The Kitchn

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