Ah, leafy greens.
We love to extol your benefits, hate to actually eat you.
We praise the benefits of daily servings, yet fail to meet our own mark.
If you are one of the beautiful people who LOVE leafy greens and eat them all the time, this post is not for you.
No, this post is for all you ladies and gents out there who make a salad and eat mostly the toppings.
This is for those who buy those beautiful boxes of organic spinach and throw it, moldy and weeks later, in the trash.
This is for the ones who praise paleo and the nutritional benefits of leafy greens to friends but never seem to find the time to actually eat them.
I mean, geesh, it’s hard enough eating the minimum daily serving of VEGETABLES when all you really want to do is down about 3 sweet potatoes in the form of french fries.
I get it. Life is busy, food is hard. And it’s true what they say about leafy greens- they are one of nature’s healthiest, most important foods.
Spinach itself could provide all the nutrients a person needs in high enough quantities without ever touching another vegetable.
It’s magic food.
So if you find yourself flailing in the meantime as you mean to get those greens in but don’t, cut yourself some slack and try some of these 3 ways of getting in a little extra. It’ll do your body good.
1. Greens Capsules and Powders
I’m known in some parts for my smoothie recipes which, in my opinion, are bomb.
And usually I’ll use fresh greens and grind them up to include.
Spinach is great with banana, kale is awesome with raspberry.
But when you’re on the go or out of spinach, there’s also several great powders you can use that combine all the goodness and nutrition of leafy greens with other vegetables, many of which we don’t commonly eat. These can be mixed into smoothies and taste great.
I love these greens caps from Premier Research Labs because they have some crazy weird greens in them! All organic and nutritionally power-packed, there are a lot of greens you’ll probably never eat.
I’m talking to you barley grass!
These are great to take with food and it also comes in powder form for smoothies.
I also really love this greens powder for smoothies. Just another great option to mix in! Find it here.
2. Baby Food
Okay, so maybe it sounds gross.
But if you’re in a hurry, making a smoothie in the morning or just need something to grab and sip, there are some seriously great baby foods out there.
Who says baby’s are the only ones who can eat pureed fruits and vegetables?
The best part about these is that they are pureed so you still get all the important fiber.
My favorite are these organic spinach, apple, and kale packets. (Find them here)
Truly, they taste pretty good and I love to just throw them into a smoothie or brownie batter, or whatever and I get extra greens in the process!
I don’t know if it’s possible to make spinach into a chip. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s not.
But I do know one thing.
Kale can be made into a chip.
And it’s DELICIOUS.
I’m a huge, huge fan of kale chips. For some reason, they genuinely don’t taste like kale.
They are crunchy, salty and still good for you.
From mixing purees into spaghetti sauce, to dressing up veggies like cute tiny animals, there are tons of ways to get more veggies.
What are some sneaky ways you like to get your greens?