Whether you celebrate it or not, you’ve got to go green for St Patrick’s Day!
If want to supercharge your health and feel amazing, you need to eat more greens! These powerhouse veggies are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fibre that can prevent disease and boost immunity.
But if you're not used to eating a lot of green veggies, it can be hard to know where to start.
In this blog, we'll explore 5 simple ways to eat more greens, so you can reap the benefits of a healthier diet:
1. Add greens to your morning smoothie.
Smoothies are a great way to pack in a lot of nutrients into one single meal.
Power up your next blend by adding a handful of spinach, kale, or Swiss chard - this is a easy way to get more greens in your diet.
Although it may not sound too appetising, if you mix your greens with naturally sweet fruits such as pineapple and mango, you won't be able to taste them!
Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries make delicious additions to any smoothie, and will also give you a burst of antioxidants. You can also shake things up by experimenting with other vegetables like we have in our famous Ultimate Turmeric Smoothie recipe!
2. Swap out iceberg lettuce for heartier greens in your salads.
Did you know that just 30 grams of spinach provides over half of your recommended daily dose of vitamin A?
While iceberg lettuce is a staple in most salads, it doesn't offer as many nutrients as heartier greens like rocket, kale, or watercress.
These greens also have a more robust flavour that can add depth to your salads, so try swapping out your usual lettuce for dark leafy green veg or mix them together to add some extra zest to your salad!
3. Use greens as a sandwich wrap.
Instead of using bread or wraps for your lunchtime sandwiches, try wrapping them in a large romaine lettuce leaf or collard green!
You don't have to be the next master chef to achieve this, simply treat the leaf as if it were a tortilla wrap, and roll up your ingredients as usual.
In short, this 'hack' is a great way to add more greens to your diet whilst also cutting back on processed carbs.
4. Roast your greens.
Roasting is a great way to bring out the natural sweetness in vegetables.
Try roasting Brussels sprouts, broccoli, or kale for a delicious side dish that's packed with vitamin K - which is essential for wound healing and may help to keep bones healthy.
Simply toss your greens in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast at 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes!
5. Pack your stir-fry with greens.
A stir-fry is a quick, easy and versatile way to get more nourishing greens into your diet.
Next time you fire up your wok, throw some fibrous greens like bok choy (which is rich in vitamin C!), spinach, or Chinese broccoli to your stir-fry for a punch of flavour and extra nutrients.
Eating more greens doesn't have to be boring or difficult. By incorporating these simple tips into your routine, you can enjoy a more nutritious and delicious diet that's good for your body and mind.
So, what are you waiting for? Next time you head to the supermarket, stock up some green goodness!
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