If you feel like your diet is lacking in green vegetables, you’re not alone. Many Americans, both kids and adults, struggle with their veggie intake. It happens for a variety of reasons: lack of knowledge, poor planning, taste preferences, etc. Whatever the reason, it’s not unusual to for people to find themselves ending the day with the realization that they didn’t eat any green vegetables at all.
It takes some effort, but the good news is there are some pretty easy ways you can make it a habit to up your green veggie intake at all of your meals throughout the day. You’ll get a boost of nutrients to help fuel your body to feel its best and you may find that green vegetables are tastier than you once thought.
Here are a few ideas:
Make a Smoothie! Leafy greens like spinach and kale can easily be blended into smoothies. Sweet smoothie additions like fruit and yogurt help cover the taste and aside from the color, you won’t even know you’re drinking them! If you don’t like drinking green, add a darker fruit like wild blueberries to help hide the color! Try this Green Mountain Smoothie or this Super Green Avocado Smoothie Bowl.
Eat Them For Breakfast! Eggs and veggies pair well together. Try adding a little sautéed kale to your egg sandwich. Using a flavorful spread like pesto will give you a flavor to focus on besides the greens. Or toss some leftover broccoli or asparagus into a frittata or quiche. Try this Veggie Mediterranean Quiche.
Wrap it up. There are several varieties of lettuce and leafy greens like collards that can be used to replace a tortilla and hold your choice of fillings. These Asian Chicken Cheddar Lettuce Wraps are perfect for dinner and these Lettuce Roll-ups make a great lunch! If you don’t want to give up the tortilla completely, just include a large lettuce leaf or collard green in the wrap itself.
Add cheese. Everything is better with cheese. Add a delicious cheesy sauce to things like kale or spinach to make them more exciting to eat! Try this Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Kale or this Cheddar Creamed Spinach.
Top it off or mix it in! Make a quick slaw with cabbage or Brussels sprouts to top off a juicy burger or mix some spinach into your Bolognese sauce for spaghetti or lasagna. An easy way to add nutrients without changing the flavor of your favorite recipes.
Try these simple tips for boosting your veggie intake and let us know which is your favorite!
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Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.