Many of us may be trying (or at least considering) eating more vegetables. There’s one group of vegetables that gets a lot of attention for being loaded with nutrients that support our health, especially detoxification….green leafy vegetables. I recall going to nutrition lecture as a teen and being shocked by the presenter’s recommendation to eat one pound of greens every day. I promptly went back to my kitchen and weighed some greens to see what that would look like in volume.
Since my teen years were long ago, I couldn’t remember what that pound of greens looked like, so I measured more today, hence the photo in this post. There is NO WAY I could eat that many greens in a day, but there are plenty of ways to increase your green leafy vegetable intake without sitting down to a monster bowl of salad. Here are a few tips for eating more green leafy vegetables:
- green smoothies – fresh kale, spinach, chard, beet greens, leaf lettuce and turnip greens work well in fruit smoothies
- pasta dishes – add greens at tail end of cooking pasta, strain and top with your favorite sauce
- mashed potatoes – julienne raw kale, chard, or beet greens and stir into hot mashed potatoes
- tomato sauce – add frozen cut greens to tomato sauce before warming
- kale chips – curly leafy and dinosaur kale work best for these. Here is a link to our kale chips recipe
What ways to you include green leafy vegetables in your meals and snacks?