Good Green Things: Tips For Eating More Greens

by Laura McKnight
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Does anyone else struggle to get greens into their diet? I know how good they are for me, but I really find it hard to consistently get enough, especially in winter.

I’ve been writing myself a list of ideas to get more in and thought I might as well share it!

So here we go:

 

Smoothies

Base: any combination of celery, cucumber, spinach, kale, kiwi, lime, ginger, and coconut water.

Veggie additions: broccoli and/zucchini/coriander/parsley (sceptical here, I’ve read good things but has anyone tried these in smoothies? Seems wrong!). Update: I tried zucchini in a smoothie and it wasn’t too bad! Just made it a bit creamy, but I couldn’t really taste it. 

Superfood additions: avo, pineapple (heard it’s great for endo), coconut or MCT oil, nuts, chia seeds, collagen powder, and maybe even an organic greens powder for an extra boost.

 

Big salad with roasted nuts and veggies

Raw: Maybe rocket, lettuce, baby spinach, kale (chopped really small), celery, broccoli (also really small), capsicum, spring onion, green beans, coriander, parsley, mint, other herbs.

Roasted: walnuts, pepitas, zucchini, asparagus, cauliflower, pumpkin, beetroot.

Extras: avocado, dulse / seaweed flakes, goats cheese, chicken, boiled egg.

Toppings: olive oil, macadamia oil, dukkah, mayo, avo + acv + olive oil, green goddess dressing, citrus dressing, greens powder + oil.

 

Clear soup

Base: vegetable or chicken broth

Veggie additions: bok choy, leek, spring onion, coriander, herbs (Vietnamese mint?), ginger, broccoli, kale, and celery.

Superfoods: Maybe some added mct/coconut oil, egg, or collagen.

 

Thick soup

Maybe broccoli and cauliflower? Anyone got any good soups with green veggies?

 

Stirfrys

Base: veggies + sauce/marinade + optional meat of choice

Veggie additions: onion, zucchini, bok choy, kale, spring onion, ginger, onion, capsicum, broccoli, zucchini, leek.

Superfood additions: nuts, seeds, ginger, garlic, spices, broth concentrate

 

Steamed veggies + good fats

Base: green things cooked in or topped with lots of good fat like olive/macadamia/coconut oil, or ghee

Veggie additions: Perhaps green beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, kale.

Toppings: roasted nuts or flaked almonds, seeds, salt/spices, dukkah

 

Quiches and frittatas

Base: eggs, optional bacon, veggies

Veggie additions: spinach, leek, asparagus, spring onion, onion, tomato, capsicum, sweet potato.

Superfood additions: gelatin powder, bone broth concentrate.

Roasted kale

Sprinkled over soups or roast veggies, or roasted kale chips with salt / spices (although I don’t think they deserve to be called chips. Perhaps I’ll just call them crispy kale… things).

Hidden veggies

Blitz them up and hide them in chicken rissoles, pesto sauces, grain free veggie rolls / pasties, occasional meatballs, hamburgers, or bolognese.

 

Sweet treats

If I’m getting really desperate or for the occasional treat, hidden veggies in paleo brownies, zucchini breads, muffins, and baking.

 

Any other suggestions? How do you get green things into your daily diet?

 

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