How To Sneak More Greens Into Your Diet
New Years is less than a month away now, which means that it's time for me to start contemplating what my goals will be for 2017. One thing that's always consistent for me each year is trying to find ways to be the healthiest I can be, which usually starts with how I eat. It's really important to me to eat a healthy, plant-based diet, full of lots of fruits and vegetables, with as little processed foods as possible. When I incorporate nutrient rich foods into my diet, I know I will feel my best, and my body will function at its best, helping me avoid sickness.
It can be hard to make sure I am getting enough vegetables in my diet, since they aren't always the first thing on my list of cravings. I have a few tricks that I like to use to make sure that I am getting all my veggies in, without really noticing or going to too much trouble.
I love smoothies because they are one of the best types of foods to sneak veggies into without any change in flavor or texture. Not only are smoothies a great way to get more nutrients in, but they are also a really easy meal to make when you are short on time. I like to start off all of my smoothies with a banana base, which is packed with healthy carbs and nutrients, and also helps to keep me full all day long. To flavor the smoothie, I'll add my favorite fruits like mango, berries, or pineapple. Once I have the base ready, it's time to add some veggies to boost up the nutrient count.
Green powders consist of freeze dried or light dried vegetables, which work as a perfect addition to any smoothie. I love green powders for a quick and easy boost to my daily vegetable intake. Green powders are generally mild in flavor, so there won't be too much alteration to the taste of the smoothie. I aim to have at least one scoop of green powder every day. My favorite brands are Pure Synergy, Vitamineral Green, and Green Superfood Powder.
Nothing beats fresh greens, which is why I try to eat a few servings with each meal throughout the day. My personal favorite green is spinach, which I add by the handful to smoothies and banana ice cream, for a huge nutritional punch, but without any noticeable flavor change. Another one of my favorites is kale, which can be a little bit harder to blend in, due to the tough texture. I like to blend the kale with a little bit of water first, before adding the rest of the ingredients for the smoothest texture.
It doesn't need to be difficult to get in your daily greens, you just need to use a little bit of creativity to sneak them into your meals. How do you make sure you are getting all of your fruits and vegetables each day? Do you have any special tips to meet your daily recommended intake? Share with me in the comments below!