Don’t like veggies? You’re not alone.
An aversion to all things healthy and green is something that all-too-many of us struggle with. Studies show that only nine percent of Americans are eating enough vegetables. Nine percent! That’s shockingly low – especially considering that there are tons of nutritional benefits that come from eating your greens.
While spinach may not turn you into the next Popeye (thankfully!), spinach – and other greens like kale, collard greens, and dark leaf lettuce – do contain enough vitamins and minerals to be considered superfoods. They also act as an antioxidant in the body, helping to ward off certain diseases – including cancer. And since they’re a great source of iron, they can help to build muscle.
But for those among us who don’t appreciate swallowing spinach by the can-full, no worries! The good news is that there are other ways for you to get your greens. Here are five ways that you can make greens tastier and more appealing.
1. Blend Them Into Smoothies
Green smoothies: the ambiguous green gunk that looks like something Calvin’s mom would try to feed him. Fortunately, you don’t have to blend six types of greens to get your veggies in. Instead, combine them with fruit for a flavorsome twist on the green smoothie. This vanilla lime green smoothie has a citrusy kick and is a tasty way to get your greens in for the day. Yum!
2. Turn Them Into Chips
A two for one special! Enjoy guilt free ‘chips’ while getting your greens. Toss some kale or collard greens onto a baking sheet, add some salt, oil, and lemon juice and pop them in the oven for 25 minutes. You can also experiment with new recipes and create your own favorite flavors. It's good stuff!
3. Find a Tasty Dressing
Dress them up! A delicious dressing is guaranteed to make even the most boring greens delish. While you’re at it, why not throw in other additions to make your salads even more fun and palatable? Cranberries and walnuts, crumbled bacon or tasty croutons can all transform a bland salad into a tasty treat.
4. Consider Your Seasonings
Oregano and parsley are herbs, but they’re also green, leafy vegetables. Enjoy the health benefits of leafy green veggies by using them to season your food. You will probably be surprised at the amount of vitamins that common herbs pack (thyme has iron? Who knew!). It’s a win-win for all.
5. Sneak ‘em In
If all else fails, sneak your greens in! It is easy to sneak in a handful of spinach into whatever you are making for dinner. Toss some in a salad, soup, or stir fry – or, add some to lasagna or a quiche. Top burgers and pizza off with fresh spinach, or add some to sandwiches and wraps for added nutrition and vitamins.
Next time you start grumbling about ‘eating your greens,’ just remember – there is more than one way to enjoy them!
How do you take your greens?