Diet hacks: Get your greens

Do you eat enough greens? The original “dark leafy green” delivers an impressive two dozen vitamins and minerals that you need to workout and recover well. Vitamin K and potassium are essential to building bone and healing muscle. Eating spinach doesn’t have to be a boring cold salad though. If you’re like me, you get…

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Do you eat enough greens?

greensThe original “dark leafy green” delivers an impressive two dozen vitamins and minerals that you need to workout and recover well. Vitamin K and potassium are essential to building bone and healing muscle. Eating spinach doesn’t have to be a boring cold salad though. If you’re like me, you get bored of eating salad everyday. Today I’m going to share some simple ways to up your greens (source: Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby/Runner’s World).

Try these creative and easy ways to up your spinach game

  • Mix it into salsa. For some Mexican flair, food-process spinach with onion, green chilies, lime, cilantro, tomatillo, and olive oil.
  • Serve as a crunchy side. Toss spinach with chopped hazelnuts, olive oil, and salt and pepper, and broil for 1 to 2 minutes until the leaves get crispy on the edges.
  • Sear it for a side salad. Flash-fry spinach in a hot pan seared with a drizzle of oil, only half cooking it. Sprinkle with sale and pepper, plus a few drips of sherry vinegar.
  • Make soup. Cook spinach in vegetable broth with chopped garlic, lemon, and olive oil. Drop in cubes of stale bread before serving for a traditional Portuguese bread soup.
  • Punch up pasta. Food-process spinach with basil, lemon, capers, garlic and extra-virgin olive oil. Add some noodles and you’re good to go!

If you don’t cook, try these restaurant hacks

  • Opt for the side of veggies instead of fries or potato
  • Spinach-artichoke dip. Need I say more?
  • If you’re tired of that side salad, get side soup but be sure it has greens in it.
  • If you find yourself at Wildfire (Chicago area), order their creamed spinach. It’s amazing.

How do you get your greens?

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Diet hacks: Get your greens was originally published on Self Evolve

Eat your veggies

It’s been a vegetable-themed week. The importance of vegetables is often overlooked, though. A lot of people think they are healthy if they eat a carrot once in awhile, but what they don’t know is that they should be eating 2-3 cups of vegetables a day. This may seem like a lot, but I find…

Eat your veggies was originally published on Self Evolve

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It’s been a vegetable-themed week. The importance of vegetables is often overlooked, though. A lot of people think they are healthy if they eat a carrot once in awhile, but what they don’t know is that they should be eating 2-3 cups of vegetables a day. This may seem like a lot, but I find it pretty attainable through a few lifestyle adjustments.

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First of all, I love salads. This wasn’t always the case, though. I had to find the veggies and ingredients that I liked in order to enjoy salads. Also, protein since just lettuce isn’t filling. Finding ingredients you enjoy is important. In addition to salads, I also enjoy snacking on veggies and cooking veggies as well. Some of my favorite recipes include roasted vegetables (i.e. Roasted Root Vegetable Lamb Stew) especially during the winter. In the summer, I tend to eat more raw vegetables as opposed to cooked ones. That way, I feel like I can keep my body cool as a cucumber.

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Some yummy salads I enjoy creating involve way more than just veggies, but have a solid veggie base. I like arugula, spinach, romaine lettuce, carrots, radishes, green onions, celery, and tomatoes for a few vegetables. I also enjoy adding in sliced almonds, some berries, and some protein such as egg or chicken. A light dressing like oil and vinegar works perfectly, or a sweet vinaigrette. I try to avoid the heavier dressings in order to keep the salad healthy. Also no croutons! haha…

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There are some vegetables that I have a love/hate relationship with. For example, jalapeños. I LOVE raw jalapeños seeds and all, but they make me hiccup like no other. Does this happen to anyone else or am I just weird?

I found that I love certain vegetables raw and others cooked. Some of my favorite veggies are broccoli, spinach, brussels sprouts (roasted, yum), kale, carrots, asparagus, cucumbers, tomatoes and onions. What are your favorite vegetables? How do you like to cook or prepare your veggies?

Eat your veggies was originally published on Self Evolve