SlimGenics is a big advocate of “greening” your plate with as many delicious raw green vegetables as you want! Green vegetables are among the healthiest foods on the planet and can aid significantly with weight-loss and getting all of the nutrients you need in your diet. On top of that are usually extremely low-calorie food options. Raw green vegetables are packed with important vitamins and minerals and eating a diet rich in green produce can help to reduce some types of cancer, improve blood circulation, strengthen the immune system and promote healthy vision as well as intestinal health.
Spring is a wonderful time to start greening your diet, so take our SlimGenics Green Plate Challenge and add more green to your diet with these helpful tips.
Eat Green Every Meal, Every Day
Try filling half your plate with vegetables or fruit at each meal. Serving salads with every meal is an easy way to make sure you’re getting the leafy green vegetables you need in your diet each day. Deviate from the nutrient-poor salad options like iceberg lettuce and try some of the darker greens like kale, spinach or arugula.
Discover Something New
Some of the best green veggies often have strange names, like arugula, leek, broccolini, kale, but don’t be timid when it comes to an odd-sounding name, give it a chance! Explore your local produce aisles and choose something new. Variety is the spice of life and maintaining a healthy variety in your vegetable intake will keep you from getting bored and binging on unhealthy things.
Know What You Need
Green vegetables are critical to promoting good health, although the majority of people miss out on these nutrients because their diet lacks the dark, leafy green vegetables. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention created this fruits and vegetables calculator to help you decide just how many you need each day, based on age, gender and physical activity.
Switch Up Your Snacks
If you just can’t say no to crunchy chips or crackers, make your own crunchy green alternative like kale or seaweed chips. You can bake these on with things like spices, salt, pepper and cheese alternatives, making them a delicious stand-in to greasy potato chips. Or enjoy the crunch of cucumber or celery with healthier dips like tzatziki sauce, a low-fat green yogurt dip.
Add Them To Everyday Recipes
You can add green vegetables to many of the recipes you cook on a regular basis. Adding spinach or kale to a smoothie may sound strange, but it does little to change the taste and packs your fruit smoothie with nutrients. Combining your child’s favorite dish with extra greens is a wonderful way to incorporate more into his or her diet. A soup or sauce, for instance, is a great place to toss in some leafy green vegetables without changing the flavor or texture much.
Experiment with New Recipes
Oftentimes people avoid trying a new vegetable or adding more vegetables to their diet because they are unsure how to cook them. Don’t let this deter you from greening your plate! Look for new recipes with main green ingredients like bok choy, edamame, spinach, kale, swiss chard, broccoli, zucchini and more. By trying out new recipes, you’ll be excited to see your plate go green!
Green Your Entrée
Green vegetables are much more than a sidekick—they can be a delicious entrée and take center stage at mealtime. For a challenge, try making one entrée salad each week and let the greens overflow on your plate. You can add protein to the salad, but make sure raw greens like spinach, kale, sprouts, cucumber, celery and other greens dominate your plate.
Familiarize yourself with the seasonality of vegetables and notice the difference in your produce when you buy things “in season.” This will increase your chances of wanting to try new recipes and learning about the taste of a vegetable when it is crisp and perfectly ripe. Check your SlimGenics STEP in the Kitchen cookbook for recipes and cooking instructions for these seasonal vegetables.
Keep Greens Visible
Sometimes all of our nutrient-rich foods are hiding in produce drawers until we remember them and many times by then they’ve often gone bad. Be sure to keep some of your green veggies out where you can see them as a reminder to add more green to your plate. Growing herbs in your kitchen or a garden is a great way to remember to eat your greens. Just having the color around will remind you to get more green!