Implementing greensWhen you walk into the grocery store, sometimes the scary greens that pop up immediately at the entrance can seem intimidating. From Kale, Dandelion, and Collards, it can seem overwhelming and scary to bring back into your own kitchen. There are some simple and easy ways to include some of these greens into your lifestyle that are even kid friendly! All dark leafy greens will add more fiber and antioxidants to your lifestyle, and getting the recommended amount can be tricky sometimes without a little bit of work.

Some Ideas:

  1. Set a start by adding them at breakfast. Stir in spinach to eggs in the morning, or blend kale into a smoothie. This will set a healthy tone to the whole day.

  1. Find your favorite salad combination. Everyone out there loves some type of salad, whether it is because of the healthy dressing or all of the toppings. Find your favorite flavors and make it a meal staple. One large salad a day keeps the doctor and the weight away! Get creative with fruit, herbs, nuts, and homemade whole-wheat croutons!

  1. Add them to soup and chili. Greens will cook down and not change the flavor significantly. In the cold weather, this is a perfect idea as green smoothies and salads seem less appealing.

  1. Make a half pasta/half greens mixture. When your whole wheat pasta is ready to be strained, add kale and spinach to the bottom of a colander.  Pour the pasta and hot water out in to the colander. You will be left with a steamed green along with your pasta, which will add bulk to your meal. Add your favorite sauce and enjoy the big portion of food you get to eat thanks to the veggies!

  1. Swap your chips for some kale chips. Simply preheat your oven to 375 degrees, and begin to de-rib your kale by making chip size pieces of the green. Drizzle them with olive oil and sprinkle on some sea salt. Put them in the oven for 8 minutes or until crispy. You can eat as much as you want and you wont crave chips again!

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