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Add More Greens to Your Diet



 
Spring is in the air...



I enjoy this time of year because planting my organic garden is so refreshing. The thoughts of harvesting straight from my own garden and eating the freshest of the fresh sends my taste buds in to hyper-drive! 

Green is associated with Spring, the time of rebirth, revitalizing and refreshing energy.



Crisp, fresh, dark leafy greens are great! They are fat-free, low-carb, raw, gluten-free and vegan. Greens are full of nutrients, vitamins and are great for:
  • lifting the spirit
  • purifying the blood after a long winter
  • improve cirvcilation
  • strengthening the immune system 
No matter what dietary plan you are following, greens will fit in perfectly! Greens are such a blessing for our bodies. God knows what we need!



Adding these delicious veggies to our daily diet is important. Sometimes we start out with good intentions, but then we get bogged down with so many other distractions. When we get hungry, we grab something easy and convenient.  Thankfully, there are some quick ways to get more of these delicious greens into our daily meals and snacks.


If your stuck thinking that salads are the only way to go....
think again!


*Stir Fry:

Swiss chard is a favorite for simple leafy green sautés. The dark green leaves are a visual treat while the mild, slightly peppery flavor blends with garlic, water chestnuts and mushrooms. Also try kale, beet greens, mustard greens, spinach or a mixture of several varieties.


*Green Smoothies and Juices:

This is probably the quickest way to get in your recommended servings of vegetables. One of our favorite combinations is green apple, lemon, ginger, kale, parsley and spinach. Spirulina, chlorella, or a good green powder are also healthy and convenient smoothie additions.


*Pasta:

Tuck some kale between layers of lasagna noodles, throw a handful of collard greens or chard into your favorite ravioli, or toss macaroni with a nutritious spinach pesto. You'll find comfort in knowing that your comfort food has a boost of nutrition.


*Soup:

Soups are a great way to use leftover leafy greens that you have on hand. Add collard greens to lentil soup or kale to any sausage, potato or white bean concoction. Even those who don't get excited by cooking greens enjoy the earthy flavors they provide in soups.


*Scrambled Eggs:

Next time you get a hankering for a big ol' omelet, add in some shredded kale, cilantro or parsley for a big flavor boost without adding extra calories or fat. Quick, warm, savory and nutritious, what more could you ask for?


*Kale Chips:

Baked kale chips are a crispy, crunchy way to snack on leafy greens. Kids love them, too! Click here for a recipe!


* I received these tips from Sprouts Farmers Market


What ways do you incorporate fresh greens into your diet?

With love and gratitude,


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