Summertime…and the living is easy. Eating well should be easy too.
I am rehashing something I did for my EDBH blog to help make it easier to get your greens daily. I find that most often, healthy eating is derailed not from lack of good intention or ability but from not knowing where to start and what to actually eat. Does munching a daily green food seem like an impossible task? Perhaps it is because you simply need more ideas on how to use them!
Greens are serious foodie medicine and come packed with nutrition to spare. Eating them daily will make you feel really good, trust me.
First, let me start by counting the greens…because it’s not just about kale. Although kale is awesome.
Black kale, purple kale, curly kale, red chard, rainbow chard, collard greens, mizuna, broccoli, bok choy, gai lan, beet greens, spinach, baby kale, arugula, broccolini, rapini, purslane, cilantro, parsley, basil, dandelion greens…you get the picture!
Here are 10 ideas on how you can use all of those delicious greens in your daily diet:
Steam collard leaves and use instead of tortillas. Shave off the thick them so they are more flexible.
Stew chard, kale or Asian greens with onions and garlic as the base for a delicious soup.
Add de-stemmed black kale or spinach to a blueberry smoothie.
Saute your favourite green with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and chili flakes for a simply delicious side.
Make a salad with mizuna, baby spinach, cilantro and add Mexican flavours like chipotle simmered black beans, corn and queso fresco.
Stir fry gai lan with lots of garlic and add sriracha & marinated tofu. Serve over rice noodles.
Layer steamed, sliced beet greens in a vegetarian lasagna.
Simmer broccolini with white beans, garlic and finish with lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Make kale chips with your favourite kale by tossing pieces with olive oil, salt and pepper and baking at 325 for 15-20 minutes…watch carefully!
Wrap dandelion greens or purslane with feta, pickled beets, hummus and grated carrot in a sprouted grain wrap.
See? It’s easy being green!