How to Eat More Green Leafy Vegetables

It doesn't have to be all or nothing to get started on eating a more healthy and compassionate diet.

Even if you're not ready to go vegan, you can still start to crowd out some of that meat, dairy and eggs with more leafy greens and other vegetables.

Eating more green leafy vegetables reduce your chances of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and aids in helping your immune and digestive systems.

The 5 tips below will work for anyone, no matter how busy you get.

 

Tips on How to Eat More Greens:

 

Skip the french fries for a side salad while dining out - This is a hard one for me, but I always feel so much better eating my veggie burger with a side salad instead of french fries. Check to make sure the server skips the croutons (which usually contain diary) & cheese and ask for a vinaigrette instead of a creamy dressing. 

 

Throw some greens on your veggie burgers and sandwiches - You can use spinach, any type of lettuce or/and massaged kale and throw on as many greens as you can handle.

 

Blend up some greens - A smoothie with a handful of raw greens is an easy way to bulk up your vegetable intake. Make a quick one with strawberries, frozen banana, liquid (water, juice, almond milk) and fresh spinach, kale, collards, or swiss chard for breakfast. If you've never had a green smoothie, start your green smoothie journey with raw spinach. You don't taste the spinach at all. Check out green smoothie recipes on Simple Green Smoothies Instagram 

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Add an extra green leafy vegetable to your dinner plate - Even if you're still eating meat, eggs, and dairy, you should add an extra vegetable to your dinner plate each night to help crowd out some of those dishes. Keep it simple by steaming or sautéing some spinach, collards or bok choy and season it with salt, black pepper, etc. Or you can massage a bowl of fresh kale with a little olive oil and lemon juice and then toss with a little red onion and nutritional yeast.

 

This salad has spring mix, tomatoes, avocados and red onion 

This salad has spring mix, tomatoes, avocados and red onion 

Snack on a daily salad - I know. I know. You probably already think most vegans eat just salads anyway. I promise this isn't true! I just think salads make for an awesome snack. Make a large bowl early in the week and pack it up to snack on while at work. This is sooo much better than hitting the vending machine every day.

I hope these tips are helpful!

Eat those greens, yo!

 

How do you get more greens into your diet? Leave me a comment below

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