Most people should know that leafy greens are a nutritious – and necessary – addition to a healthy diet. But even the most diehard nutritionist can have an aversion to leafy greens. Holloway Sportswear recommends adding leafy greens to your diet on a weekly basis to reap all the benefits – and we have some sneaky recipes that’ll make it easier. Up your nutrient intake by implementing some of these healthy green recipes into your weekly diet.
The Classic Green Smoothie
Green smoothies have ballooned in popularity over the past decade, and are a great way to sneak leafy greens into your food choices. Luckily, most leafy greens have mild flavors, so they’re easy to hide with fruit juices, yogurt and other flavorful smoothie ingredients. Get your blender ready to serve up this easy green smoothie formula.
- Add 2 cups of leafy greens and 2 cups of your liquid base to the blender
- Blend until smooth
- Add 3 cups of ripe fruits (at least one frozen fruit to chill your smoothie) and blend again until smooth
- This recipe yields around 32 ounces
Soups and Stew
While you’ll be able to see that leafy greens have been added to your soup, the mild flavor can be masked by soup seasonings and other ingredients. Even bitter tasting greens can be covered up. Try adding spinach, kale or bok choy to your favorite soup and stew recipes.
Pureed spinach can be masked in a variety of recipes, like this chocolate spinach brownie recipe that puts a sweet twist on a somewhat bitter veggie. Start by pureeing the spinach in a food processor with 1-2 tablespoons of water, then follow the recipe. Don’t stop there, though. Try incorporating spinach puree in a variety of recipes and find one that works for you!
Leafy Green Graduate: Kale Chips
If you aren’t afraid of leafy greens – and find it easy to implement them into your diet – try tackling this kale chip recipe.
- Preheat oven to 300°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Remove the ribs and stems from the kale, and cut into 1-1 ½ inch pieces.
- Toss the leaves lightly in olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings.
- Spread kale on baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake for 10 minutes, rotate, and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
- Let the kale cool for a few minutes before serving.
Choose any of the above options for incorporating leafy greens into your diet and you’ll enjoy all the health benefits of leafy greens in no time! Don’t be afraid to get creative; branch out and research your own ways to add leafy greens to your diet.