6 (easy) Ways to Add Leafy Greens to Your Diet

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6 (easy) Ways to Add Leafy Greens to Your Diet

….and stay hella healthy!

Most of you guys probably already know that I’m plant-based and if you didn’t… well.. now you know. A LOT of things changed since I went plant-based, but that’s probably a topic for another post…. (do you want me to write one up? Yes? No? Maybe?) I definitely eat healthier and reach for foods I really hated as a child (like spinach or celery). Eating healthy definitely takes some planning ahead, but it’s worth the effort (promise!).

Let’s talk about a few easy ways to add leafy greens to your diet, shall we?

First, please keep in mind that:

+I don’t use the word “diet’ as a way to describe you restricting yourself from eating certain foods or actively trying to lose weight. I mean diet, as in the foods you eat every day, mmkay?

+I’m referencing some of my favorite plant-based recipes here, but you can still incorporate these ideas into your diet, even if you like your steak Pittsburgh rare.

+I am not vegan, just follow a mostly plant-based diet.

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SMOOTHIES

This is probably one of the easiest ways to add leafy greens to your diet. If you’re not a fan of spinach or kale (but how could you not be tho?) just put them in your smoothie. I love making my green smoothies with a banana, almond milk (or coconut water), handful of spinach and some berries. Sometimes I’ll also add some flax and chia seeds and a scoop of my favorite plant-based protein powder (+ this is the one I use).

AS A SIDE

I mean, the first thing you probably think of when someone mentions leafy greens is…. a salad. I love making salads mainly because they’re so easy for me to grab as a lunch for work- I love adding things like dried cranberries, slivered almonds, red onion, cucumber, etc. Instead of a dressing I just use some olive oil with freshly squeezed lemon juice, maple syrup and oregano. If you really don’t like the flavor of dark greens, you can also add some iceberg lettuce to your salad to mask that bitter flavor a little bit. Iceberg lettuce itself doesn’t really have any nutritional value but you can try mixing it with some dark “superfood” greens. Spinach and kale are also amazing when sautéed with some olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes (I love stuffing my baked sweet potatoes with sautéed kale!).

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IN PLACE OF BREAD (OR TORTILLA)

Yes, that’s a taco. No, that isn’t meat- it’s walnuts. Pretty genius, huh? It’s also delicious. My journey with plant-based foods started when I read this book. It really took the guesswork out of the equation and it’s full of meal ideas- that’s where I found a recipe for these meat-less, green tacos. You can use lettuce or kale leaves in place of bread or tortillas- even if you’re a meat-eater. When I make these green tacos, I usually make the exact same thing for Mark, but put ground turkey in his.

IN SAUCES & SOUPS

A combo of pine nuts, garlic, nutritional yeas and equal parts of baby spinach and basil makes a great pesto. You can also make a pesto sauce using kale. Swiss chard and collards are also great in soups. One of my favorite ways to have swiss chard is in a roasted cauliflower soup.

vegan pesto

ON PIZZA

This is where I like my baby arugula best: on my pizza. A lot of people think that eating a healthy, plant-based diet is boring, but nothing could be further away from the truth. It just takes a bit more planning ahead. I use roasted garlic, nutritional yeast (for that cheesy flavor) and coconut milk to make a sauce for my no-bake skinny pizza and usually top it of with sun-dried tomatoes, mushroom and baby arugula. This sh*t is the bomb, guys. Even my meat-eating and cheese-loving husband loves it.

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How do you guys like to have your greens? If you really can’t stand the bitter flavor of most of them, try having adding them to your smoothies. It’s the easiest and least “painful” way to have them if you really don’t like them.

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  • I love adding leafy greens to my smoothies! From seeing the different ways you incorporated leafy greens into your diet it looks delicious! Loved the post!

    xoxo, Truc
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  • The misconception of ‘diet’ as ‘limiting the food you eat solely for the sake of losing weight’ is driving me insane, I swear. I hope people is more enlightened about that, because when I said I’m dieting, people will start fussing; “but you’re already good! Don’t ruin yourselves!”

    Aanyways, I love my leaves to be fresh and crisp, nicely washed and tossed in my salad bowl with light dressing is the way to go. But in the soup with the right of broth is just as tasty.

    Selene Addicted

  • For people who eat eggs (me alas not included), a great place to sneak a veg or two is scrambled eggs as well :)

  • Great post! These are all helpful ideas of how to eat more leafy green veggies! Also, I’ve heard of using walnuts instead of meat, but I haven’t tried it. I have a feeling my husband might protest! ;)

  • life is a shoe

    These are such great ideas! I’ve been trying so so hard to eat healthy and incorporatig greens into my diet. Thanks for sharing!

    lifeisashoe

  • I’m a vegetarian, so I eat a lot of leafy greens already, for my iron.

  • Such great ways to eat a bit healthier. Thank for sharing

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  • I go back and forth with kale and spinach. For some reason, spinach is more of a fall food for me lol I like to make heartier salads with spinach and lighter salads with kale. But I definitely will go for weeks at a time eating kale every day and then I don’t eat them for forever. I need to get back in the swing of things! I love the idea of the tacos and the pizza! Two of my favorite foods!

  • Patty Lambert

    I just stumbled across your blog on Pinterest. Love your aesthetic! Will definitely continue reading :-)

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