New year, new body.
We have all said it to ourselves, this year, this year Im going to change something about myself or my life. Here are a few ways to get more of the good stuff into your diet, starting small is a step so don't put yourself down if you don't go all out and go wild to start off with. Remember we all have to start somewhere!
Go wild with the greens...
Greens of all varieties, especially dark leafy ones, are full of vitamins A, C, and K and minerals such as iron, calcium, and magnesium. Greens are also full of phytochemicals, the natural components in plants that boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, and prevent and treat oxidative damage.
Hide them in a smoothie.
Smoothies are an amazing way of boosting your body with fruit and vegetables, if you're a big lover of the sweet ones like banana and strawberry. Just throw in a few hemp seeds, chia seeds or a spoonful of Lacuma powder. These are just some of the super foods you can easily hide in smoothies. Spinach and Kale make a great base for green smoothies, once you add a banana or a lemon the sweetness balances out the grassy taste.
Make a pancake.
Add sautéed Spinach, Kale, Swiss chard, or broccoli to your scramble, omelet, or frittata for a protein- and veggie-filled meal. Or why not make pancakes with blueberries, agave nectar and a sprinkle of chia.
Sure, classic pesto is all about the basil, but consider carrot tops, arugula, beet greens, mustard greens, or dandelion greens paired with toasted nuts, garlic, olive oil, and chili flakes for a fun and creative twist.
Make a stir-fry.
Add spinach, kale, and/or carrot tops, along with mushrooms, peppers, and carrots to a stir-fry. Finish with tamari, brown rice vinegar, and sesame oil and serve over brown rice for an easy Asian-style dinner.
Finish a soup with a heavy handful of hearty greens such as chard, kale, watercress, or radish tops for a warm and filling nutritious winter meal. Bonus: The enzymes in the raw greens will help you better digest the cooked food you eat with them.
Make a pizza.
My husband has made the most amazing vegan pizzas and they are simple to make. You can use a 'bread mix' as the base and add whatever toppings you like. Use pesto or sundried tomato paste as the lovely sauce. Add fresh garlic to the base, after all its upto you what you want to put on it!
Fill your corn or whole wheat flour tortilla with wilted kale or spinach, sliced avocado, and black beans. Don't forget the salsa!
Wrap them up.
Fill blanched collard greens, green cabbage, or chard with a quinoa, brown rice, or chickpea salad for a filling and vegan lunch.
Brownies and desserts.
Use shredded zucchini for zucchini bread, brownies, or even cookies for some hidden green goodness in a sweet treat. Sweet potato brownies are AMAZING! Avocado chocolate dessert is a creamy vegan alternative to chocolate moose.
A handful of crisps.
Reach for beet greens, chard, or dandelion greens or kale for baked vegetable chips. Rub the washed, stemmed leaves with a little olive oil or coconut oil and your favorite spices and bake at 225°F for 25 to 30 minutes or until crispy! If you have a dehydrator, bake them slow and low for 8 to 12 hours.