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10 Ways To Sneak More Green Veggies Into Your Diet

Source: MindBodyGreen

Source: MindBodyGreen

Green vegetables, especially those gorgeous leafy greens, are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals, and are naturally low in calories and fat. They have countless health benefits and combat disease, promote vitality, and help clean out our systems. That said, sometimes there are times when we may not get an adequate number of servings each day. Whether you’re veggie-lover or not the biggest fan, here are 10 ways to sneak more of them into your diet!

10 Ways to Sneak More Green Vegetables In Your Diet

1. Start the day with leafy greens in your breakfast. Eat leftover veggies from dinner the night before, drink a green smoothie, munch on a large salad, or add steamed greens as a side to your breakfast. Add them to your omelets, baked eggs (eggs baked in a kale basket!), pancakes (just blend some fresh spinach into the batter), or put spinach in your baked goods.
2. Green smoothies or juices. If you’re not a huge fan of eating all of your green veggie servings, drink them! Cucumber, kale, spinach, romaine, baby lettuce, mint, and parsley are my faves. Here are a few recipes for a green smoothie newbie.
3. Salads, duh. ;) Make hearty salads with different flavor combinations that you love and you’ll start to look forward to leafy green salads all the time… switch up the greens and add some protein, a gluten-free grain, nuts or fruit, and a tasty dressing. Need some inspiration?
4. Add them to wraps, sandwiches, even to your burger patties! Piling on the greens is easy when they compliment or blend in with the other flavors of your sandwich or wrap. I also love to add chopped spinach and green onion to my burger patties (bean, veggie, or meat) and when I was little my dad would sneak green peas in our turkey meatballs – delicious.
5. Toss them in your soups, stews, chilis, and so on. As fall gets into full swing and we see soups galore, this tip is perfect for this time of year!
Source: Divine Glowing Health

Source: Divine Glowing Health

6. Take advantage of herbs to add flavor and nutrition! I keep glass jars of fresh, washed cilantro & parsley (roots submerged in water) in my fridge so I can tear off some herbs whenever I want to throw them into dishes, on top of salads, or add them to smoothies. They’re also handy for making pestos, drizzles, and sauces like here. Keep your favorite herbs on hand (bonus points if you grow your own!) for easy access.
7. Add them to your main dish for dinner. I love to add chard, arugula, or kale to whatever I’m having for dinner. Tacos? Add extra lettuce. Indian? Throw some spinach into your dahl. Italian? Add greens and vegetables to your pasta sauce or toss them on your pizza – arugula on top of pizzas is one of my favorite things!
8. Switch up your usual snack and make (or buy) kale chips! There are a million different recipes floating around the internet that use various spices and flavors to customize kale chips. I personally love cheesy kale chips (they’re dairy-free and get their cheesy flavor from nutritional yeast) and chocolate kale chips.
9. Stock your kitchen with them and try different types. Use bagged greens or pre-cut vegetables if you’re short on time. Try to experiment with new leafy greens, browse your farmers market, or join a CSA to get more exposure to new greens! Tatsoi, anyone?
10. Make preparing and eating them easy! Once you’ve bought (or grown) the greens you need, wash, cut and prep them so they’re ready to be eaten anytime. When it’s time to make a meal, you can literally grab them out of the fridge and make whatever you feel like!
10 Ways to Sneak More Green Vegetables In Your Diet

Find more tips and recipes on my Gluten-free/Dairy-free Plant-based Meals Pinterest board

This post has been linked to Gluten-free Wednesdays, Wellness Wednesdays, Tasty Traditions, Thank Your Body Thursdays, Gluten-free Fridays, A Peak into my Paradise, the Weekend Re-treat., Foodie Friday, Healthy Vegan Friday, Waste Not Want Not.

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  1. Thank you for the reminders :)
    Marianne @ Ragdoll Kitchen recently posted…Soaked Whole Grain FlatbreadMy Profile

  2. These are great tips!! I don’t do green smoothies (yet) but I have been adding zucchini to my smoothies for that extra, and hidden boost of veggies. The kids even love it!
    thanks for sharing these ideas on Foodie Friday
    Adelina Priddis recently posted…Foodie Friday Featuring Creative K KidsMy Profile

  3. These are all great tricks, I have a hard time just eating salads all day but love smoothies and adding green veggies into soups. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party.
    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin. recently posted…Pampers Baby Dry Diapers and Baby Sleep Tips {Giveaway}My Profile

  4. Love the pic of all of the green vegetables together. That looks really cool!

    Number 10 on your list is such an important one… and the hardest one for me to get myself to do :(
    Shannon recently posted…Afghan-inspired Vegetable Kebabs with Cilantro Garlic KetchupMy Profile

    • Thanks so much, Shannon! #10 is definitely a change in routine, but totally worth it! If you set aside time to do it a couple of weeks in a row, it will become routine and you’ll start to notice the difference when you dont do it. You dont have to do all of the prep at once either, break it up into separate days if you need. Whatever makes it easiest for you! I’m so glad you visited – thank you for your comment!

  5. Great tips! Thank you for sharing at our TGIF Link Party at A Peek Into My Paradise. I hope you will be back to link up another awesome post this week!
    Cathy @ http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/

  6. Great tips! We’ve made it a point to base our meals around stuff we get at the farmers market, and that has significantly increased our veggie and greens intake. Thanks for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it :)
    Danielle @ Poor and Gluten Free recently posted…Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #51My Profile

  7. Lots of great ideas! Here are my many ways to use kale. I never thought of chocolate kale chips…I dunno…I’d be willing to try them!
    Becca @ The Earthlings Handbook recently posted…Use those last drops of cooking oil!My Profile

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