Step #3 – Eat More Greens

Me: “Justin, What is your favorite color?”

Justin:  “GREEN!!”

This melts my hearts and is a great way to get my son year old to eat his greens.  He’s into string beans and broccoli and zucchini just because they’re green.  It’s great!

Nice nutritional info on leafy greens can be found in this article entitled, “Health Benefits of Leafy Green Vegetables.”

How many green vegetables are in your daily diet?  Do you try to get at least one serving in each meal?  Even I get sick of salads.  I used to make a salad to go with dinner every night, and  I got tired of them.  Salads are a great way to get servings of all kinds of vegetables into your body, but I know that after weeks and weeks of salads they get a little old.  So what should you do?

Try sauteed kale or spinach with your breakfast.  Take a few handfuls of greens and throw them into a frying pan with a few eggs.  You can even put raw greens into a smoothie if you wish.  Add an avocado if you so desire.

For lunch just add the greens onto your sandwich.  Make a nice salad with as many vegetables as you want (I know, salad again, blah!  But a lot of people eat salad for lunch). Lettuce wraps are a good idea too.

During dinner try making the star of the meal the vegetables with your choice of protein taking a back seat, not eliminated, just a much smaller portion that you are used to.  Asparagus, cucumbers, broccoli, kale, spinach, collard greens, zucchini, avocado, string beans, peas, edamame, bok choy, cabbage, brussel sprouts.  You can eat them any way you want to, just eat them!

Soups!  Soups are an awesome way to get veggies into your body.  Chop up any kinds of veggies and throw them into a pot with some broth or water and let cook for a few hours.  You can add some lentils or brown rice to make the soup pack a little more punch.  When the soup is just about ready, throw some leafy greens into the pot.

My boys LOVE macaroni.  They would eat it every single day if I let them.  So I doctor up the sauce a little and they have no clue.  I make a “green” sauce out of any green vegetables by putting them in the food processor with a bunch of spices and some olive oil.

Kale chips are a great snack.  Tear up some kale leaves, toss with salt, pepper and a little olive oil, put on baking sheet in oven at 250 until they are crispy.  I do the same with thinly sliced zucchini.

When it comes to greens, I repeat, you can eat them any way you want to, just eat them!

See you on the next step.