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It’s no secret, “the greener you eat, the healthier you are“.
But that’s easier said than done.
Green vegetables are especially hard to eat for their lack of taste but also for their tendency to ruin a very delicious meal.
Am I the only one that separates the green vegetables from the meal?
That being said, here are 3 Easy Ways To Add More Greens Into Your Diet:
Whoever invented these definitely needs a raise…but let’s tread carefully.
Many juice brands add fruits such as apples to their products and as a result, spike the sugar content. An apple a day can definitely keep the doctor away but when the sugar content is upwards of 50 grams, that’s a red flag.
Keep in mind, “the sugars are processed by your body in the same way the added sugars in soda are. Too much fruit juice may be linked to weight gain and a higher risk of diabetes,” explains Jesse Hirsch in her article for Consumer Reports.
That along with absurd claims such as making your skin glow or improving your sleep and “re-balancing” your body, we can’t be too careful.
With that in mind, here are 5 brands that have done a great job:
- Evolution Fresh Sweet Greens and Lemons
- JRINK Fuel Me Up III
- Suja Twelve Essentials
- Trader Joe’s Cold Pressed Juice (my personal favorite)
Living healthier is just 5 bucks away. Cheers!
This one’s another godsend…but once again, let’s be careful.
The most common form are in green powders which are a combination of plants (most notably wheat grass, kale and ginseng) that are dried and blended up.
Mix them with a glass of water and you have your daily vitamin and minerals accounted for along with improved immunity, energy levels, fat loss etc.
But just like with juice drinks, there are 2 sides to every coin.
“After all, in one Consumer Labs study, one third of greens powders marketed as ‘healthy, healthy, healthy’ were found to be contaminated with heavy metals such as lead and arsenic,” reports K. Aleisha Fetters in her article for U.S. News.
To stay safe, buy “only from companies that have been certified through a third-party lab such as NSF or Informed-Choice,” explains registered dietitian Lori Zanini.
Staying safe is the new sexy…or something like that.
Instead of adding greens to your meals, add more meals to your greens…
Okay that sounded a little weird.
The point is, why not make the veggies that star of the show? The classic example would be a salad but if that doesn’t work, get a little creative.
Cauliflower pizza, stuffed bell peppers, lettuce wrapped burgers, these are all wildly imaginative ideas that are honestly not bad.
Alright, maybe not the cauliflower pizza…but if that’s too much, then try snacks!
Asparagus fries with Parmesan, Crispy Baked Avocado Fries…interested yet?
Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
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- Appenbrink, Kristin. “20 Veggie Snacks for Feel-Good Munching.” Kitchn, Apartment Therapy, LLC., 1 Mar. 2019, http://www.thekitchn.com/healthy-vegetable-snacks-233565.
- Cunningham, Caroline. “5 Grab-and-Go Green Juices That Are Actually Pretty Healthy.” Washingtonian, 17 Apr. 2017, http://www.washingtonian.com/2017/04/17/5-grab-and-go-green-juices-that-are-actually-pretty-healthy/.
- Fetters, K. “What Are Green Powders – Do You Need Them?” 17 Nov. 2017.
- Hirsch, Jesse. “Consumer Reports.” Consumer Reports, http://www.consumerreports.org/nutrition-healthy-eating/green-juice-not-healthy/.