Do you often choose from just the few veggies you have been using for years?
How about a green leafy vegetables list that shows you just how varied your recipes can become? Do you want to enjoy green smoothie benefits? (Keep reading for a free recipe)
And what about a list of 16 ways to sneak extra fat-burning, green leafy vegetables into your diet?
Greens are not just super healthy, but can even assist you with weight loss in a number of ways. So, let's get to that list...
Green Leafy Vegetables List (the darker green the better!)
16 Ways To Sneak Members Of The Leafy Green Vegetables List And Other Veggies And Fruits Into Your Diet
Start every main meal with a crisp, green leafy vegetable salad. Not only does this looks appetizing on your table, but it is a superb way to fill yourself up, before getting to the more calorie-dense foods. You can also add celery sticks, cherry tomatoes or carrot sticks for color.
Experiment with greens you are unfamiliar with. Start with small additions of a leaf or two at a time, and add more as you get used to new tastes.
Teach yourself to make fabulously aromatic veggie stir-fries.
Use left-over vegetables in a homemade soup.
If your time is really limited, make sure that you have a stock of fresh, shop-bought prepared vegetables in the fridge. This may be more expensive, but at least it will help you to get into the habit of eating more veggies. Pre washed, chopped greens can be a great time saver.
Don't just make an ordinary sandwich. Try to make sure that you use a filling you can add greens to. Crunchy!
Have you discovered how good scrambled eggs, combined with green leafy vegetables (such a spinach) tastes?
You can also puree veggies to add to sauces such as spaghetti sauce. The kids won't even notice this.
Grilled chunks of veggies, sprinkled with olive oil and seasoning are yummy!
Even if you are not planning to go vegan, you can get excellent new veggie ideas in vegetarian meal cookbooks.
Even family meals such as meatloaf can get new, sneaky oomph by adding some finely chopped greens to the mix.
Learn to sprinkle banana slices or peach chunks over breakfast cereals.
Even canned fruit in natural juice can be a ready-made helping of fruit, if you have nothing else available.
Make sure you have washed, ready-to-grab fruits and veggie sticks in your fridge. Get your kids used to choosing from these when they come looking for a snack.
Vegetable juice that includes members of the green leafy vegetables list, is another option the whole family can enjoy.
Last, but not least, how about adding greens to smoothies? Your kids won't even know if you slowly introduce a few spinach leaves into their favorite sweet treats...
Berry Good For You Smoothie
1 1/2 Cups mixed berries (frozen if fresh isn't available)
Handful of washed spinach
1 Cup low fat milk
1 Cup apple juice or cranberry juice
1 1/2 Cups ice
1 Frozen banana
Method: Blend until thick and frothy. For a smoother mixture, you could try first blending the berries, spinach and a small amount of the liquids. Then gradually add the rest of the liquids, ice and the banana. You could also add some ground nuts for an extra protein boost. On a 'cheat' day you can even add a scoop or two of ice cream as a special treat. Enjoy the green smoothie benefits!
In my next article I will give a few more healthy smoothie recipes made with green leafy vegetables (If you are subscribed, you will always receive notification of new articles, as well as 3 free ebooks.)