Thursday, March 26, 2015

Eat Yo Greens!


This is part recap post, part motivational post.  I have found lately that if I try to get greens in almost every meal, I feel great!  I have been having huge salads and sides of kale with dinner, and it really helps give me the nutrition I need.

Here are my favorite green fruits and veggies to pile into my meals:


CUCUMBERS

Cucumbers are full of vitamins and water, and they make a great addition to any salad.  Pictured above is a chickpea salad sandwich with a Greek pasta salad.


PEAS

I love peas!  I like to eat them plain and I like to eat them in dishes.  This is a quick curry I made with peas, chickpeas, and bonus green items: cilantro and jalapenos.


BROCCOLI

If you don't like broccoli, I don't understand you.  I got this particular head at the Hillcrest Farmer's Market, and it went great with BBQ tofu and roasted potatoes.


JALAPENOS

Ok, so I eat jalapenos so much that they can't just be a bonus veggie.  I love chopping them up and putting this spicy pepper in my salads and sandwiches.  It gives heat and flavor to even the most simple lunch.


SPINACH

We go through a huge tub of organic spinach ever week, and it's probably because I put fist fulls in my smoothies.  I also put these yummy leaves on my sandwiches, like this roasted tofu lunch.


BRUSSELS SPROUTS

Oh man, I love these little cabbages.  Josh is not a fan when I cook them, but they're too tasty to quit.  I put a teeny bit of coconut oil in a pan, throw in these babies, then cover them and steam for 5-10 minutes.  They come out perfect!


ROMAINE LETTUCE

Romaine is my go-to lettuce of choice when I'm making salads.  It's hearty and stands up to the mountain of toppings I often throw into my lunch.


PUMPKIN SEEDS

I throw handfuls of raw pumpkin seeds on most things I eat.  They're incredible, and they give a nice crunch to most dishes.  If you look hard enough, you can spy some green grapes in this salad, too.


AVOCADO

Last but not least is avocado.  It can turn a regular piece of bread into the most delicious or a regular salad into something truly special.  I usually buy a couple when we go grocery shopping, but I don't buy them ever week because they're all I would eat.

What are your favorite green fruits and veggies?  Do you try to get one in every meal?  Leave me a comment!

13 comments:

  1. Dana, I have been trying to get more veggies in with every meal; I find that lunch seems to be the most challenging, probably because I have to pack up everything and take it with me. Like you, I add lots of greens to my morning smoothies, so that's an easy one. I love Brussels sprouts; I could eat them every day!

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    1. Can you keep your lunch cool? Even if not, packing a sandwich and a small container of salad or veggies would go a long way to giving you some added greens. :D I pack my breakfast and lunch ever day, and I always try to add a salad. Romaine holds up really well, and if you pour a little tahini over the top, you have instant dressing that doesn't need to be cool. :)

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