When we think March, we think green. Green shamrocks, green shakes, green girl scout cookie boxes, green everything.
While our eyes might be seeing plenty of green, our bodies aren’t getting nearly enough. Spinach, broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts and more are packed with healthy nutrients that can make us feel and look great. They provide us with energy, help prevent aging, boost bone health and hair growth as well as help regulate our digestive systems, just to name a few benefits.
Unfortunately, as long as Chick-Fil-A and cheap delivery pizza exists, vegetables usually won’t be our go-to favorite foods. I mean, when was the last time you craved a late night bowl of arugula? If salads are leaving you struggling with eating your leafy greens, you need to branch out.
Healthy eating doesn’t mean boring eating. Here are 5 tried and true (and super delicious) ways to get you going on the path to better health. Consider this your green light. Ready.. Set.. Go!
Don’t let the color freak you out. When added to smoothies, spinach is generally pretty tasteless. Add it to berries, bananas or juices and let their sweetness overpower the blandness of the spinach. You’re still getting that sweet smoothie you crave, this time full of fiber, iron and antioxidants.
Include chopped pieces of kale, spinach or arugula in your favorite soups, stews or pastas. Add them to your chicken noodle soup, spaghetti, lasagna, tortellini or just about anything. A steamy bowl of soup is the ultimate comfort food. Take a little more comfort in the fact you’ve added a some serious green power to the ingredient list.
A big part of healthy eating is making simple swaps here and there that can make a big difference. Lose the carb loaded tortilla shell and switch things up with a kale wrap. Since kale is a sturdier green, it will hold up to whatever meats, cheese and veggies you want to pack inside. Plus, it’s way healthier than flimsy lettuce wraps.
Who doesn’t love a little guac? It’s already loaded with healthy fats, almost 20 nutrients and a whole lot of green goodness. If you make your guacamole in a food processor, toss in a handful of spinach and chop it finely before adding in your avocado. You won’t be able to taste a difference!
Bonus: Scoop it up with some salty homemade or store bought kale chips!
Salads get a bad rap for being bland and unsatisfying, but hear us out. Your salad is all about what you top it with. Add protein like chicken, salmon, steak or shrimp. Add something sweet like strawberries, blueberries, mandarin oranges or dried fruit. Compliment the sweetness with a little salt from sunflower seeds or slivered almonds. If you aren’t a fan of nuts or seeds, get a little crunch from shredded carrots. Cheese is a good topper too, be it bleu, cheddar or parmesan. Be smart with your dressing choices. Ranch is packed with fats as well as Caesar or other cream based dressings. Opt for oil or vinaigrettes and don’t be afraid to try new flavors or combinations!
Salads don’t have to be gross, trust us. They make a great lunch and are positively packed with green goodness.
Make this March a step in the right direction and get a head start on your spring cleaning (clean eating, we mean). Give these suggestions a try or share some of your own with us! We’d love to hear them.