Think Green All Year Round
St. Patty’s day may be over but it doesn’t mean you should ditch the green! In fact, we should all be embracing some extra green into our diets. And no-I’m not talking about the four leaf clovers and green Guinness although they’re great too. I’m talking about those green leafy veggies that grow up from the ground. Whether you’re low in iron or just need a boost of energy, these super foods will cure just about anything. Ditch the bland iceberg lettuce and switch to something more filling and full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals like kale and spinach! I’ve mentioned green smoothies before which you can check out the article here, but don’t stop there! You can add your greens into just about anything. By adding them into your food raw instead of cooked, you are boosting the nutrients and getting your daily dose of veggies more quickly.
Here are some great recipes to add a little green into your diet:
Shamrock Green Pancakes
- 1 scoop of your favourite protein powder
- 1/2 tbs of stevia, agave nectar or pure maple syrup
- ½ banana
- 3 egg whites (you can use carton egg whites)
- 1 tbs of hemp/rice or almond milk (unsweetened)
- ½ cup of spinach
*Add ingredients into a blender and cook on the stove in a non-stick on medium heat. Serve with some agave nectar, fresh fruit and some Greek yogurt on the side.
Leprechaun Tuna kale rolls
- 1 can of tuna
- 2 tbs of low fat sour cream
- 1 chopped green onion
- 1/4 cup of diced sweet peppers
- A pinch of fresh basil
- 4 large kale leaves (raw)
- A pinch of sea salt and cayenne pepper
* Mix all ingredients into a bowl until evenly distributed. Next, scoop portions out onto the middle of the kale leaf and roll into a wrap. Presto! You now have a delicious and low calorie lunch to take with you to work or school.
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You also want to be consuming your greens RAW, this means no cooking or baking them. When you eat foods raw you are getting the most nutrient content from them. This is why green smoothies and juices are so important to have because when foods are heated they lose a lot of their nutrients and even more if their processed. Another great option would be a raw kale and spinach salad. If this is too much to start off with then try slowly incorporating them into a mixed greens salads first and work your way up. Adding dark green leafy veggies will increase your energy levels and provide you with antioxidants to detoxify you from inside out. Make it a goal for yourself to add in some greens into your diet at least once a day and feel the difference for yourself.
Your Health Nut!