Eat your greens

Did you know dark leafy greens are the foods most commonly missing from our diets? Do you remember being nagged as a child to 'eat your greens?' Learning to incorporate them into your daily menu is absolutely essential to keeping your body healthy and your immune system strong. Greens purify the blood, improve circulation, boost energy, improve kidney and liver function, and clear up congestion. And let's be honest: After a winter of roasts, hot chocolate and other indulgences, who couldn't use a little liver detox?eat your greens

 

Pound for pound, leafy greens have the most nutrients of any food for the fewest calories. In fact, when we nourish ourselves with greens, we may naturally crowd out the foods that make us sick, such as sugar, refined carbs and excess meat and dairy.

 

So, why are leafy greens still missing from our diets? If you're cringing and complaining about the taste and texture, please let me stop you. Here are four ideas that will make eating those greens a treat instead of a chore!

 

Four recipes for leafy greens

1. Drink leafy greens in a smoothie.

Supercharge your morning with this blender-ready smoothie combo:

Kale + Coconut Water + Banana + Chia seeds + Almond Butter + Cinnamon

 

2. Add leafy greens to a stir fry.

Add hardy greens (e.g., kale, spinach, silverbeet, etc.) to any stir fry combo by slicing them into long ribbons. It's a great way to take in the powerhouse nutrients of leafy greens without having to worry about taste or texture.

Try this recipe:

Saute onions, garlic and any combo of chopped veggies (e.g., broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, bell pepper and bok choy). Season with a splash of tamari and fresh ginger; serve over a bed of brown rice!

 

3. Add a little "sass" to your pesto or marinara sauce.

Dark leafy greens like spinach and silverbeet cook down considerably, so it's easy to add them to the meals you are already used to eating, like spaghetti. Adding greens to your sauces makes it easy for even the pickiest of eaters to consume these high-nutrient foods.

Try this recipe:

Chop the leaves into bite-sized pieces and add them to the sauce about five minutes before it's ready.

 

4. Grill those leafy greens!

Seriously, it's the perfect time of year for a grilled salad.

Try this recipe:

Split a head of cos lettuce lengthwise, keeping it intact on the end so that it doesn't fall apart. Brush both sides with coconut oil or ghee, season with salt and pepper, and grill on a hot grill or grill pan until lightly wilted and slightly charred on each side. Squeeze lemon over the top and enjoy!

 

Inspired by Jennifer Flanagan.