One of the central components of any healthy diet is eating a sufficient quantity of
greens. Yet 95% of people who follow a health diet, do not consume enough green leafy
vegetables. I’ll admit, I often have trouble (or sometimes even lack the desire) to eat my
greens. There are days when I just don’t eat enough of them. I know greens are good. I
know I need to eat more greens but I just don’t do it. And then I discovered a fun way to
get more greens into my diet. Here are my Top-3 Ways to get more greens into your diet.
1. Make Green Smoothies
Green smoothies are great and my favorite way to consume a large quantity of greens! When
I first heard about green smoothies I was a little skeptical about blending fruit and
greens and was surprised by the result.
Here are some recipes from my ebook Smoothies for Optimal Health.
Berry Roman Smoothie
1 cup strawberries
2 whole bananas
1/2 bunch romain
1/2 to 1 cup water
Blend fruit and water. Add romaine lettuce. Enjoy.
Being Green Smoothie
2 cups fresh spinach
1 whole grated cucumber or carrot
2 whole bananas
1 whole orange
3 whole apples, juiced
In a blender, whirl together all ingredients until thick and smooth.
2. Make Blended Salads
Once you’ve gotten used to the taste of greens in your smoothies, you can graduate to
making blended salads. You can transition gradually by reducing the amount of fruit in
your smoothie and increasing the quantity of greens. Gaspacho is a type of blended salad.
Here is one of my favorite recipes (though I will admit it took me a while to get used to
the taste and texture of blended salads).
2 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 ribs of celery
4 leaves lettuce (big)
1 big handful spinach
1 green onion
1/4 cup parsley
2 Tbs. dulse flakes
1 Tbs. nori flakes (optional)
Water if needed
Blend the tomatoes together, and add the rest of the ingredients progressively. Use water
only if you need to. A blended salad should be quite thick.
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