How are you doing on increasing the intake of leafy green vegetables? Do you need some ideas for easy ways to accomplish this? Try some of these ideas, but don’t feel you have to introduce them all at once. Remember, the whole idea of 52 Weeks of Health is to implement change gradually so as not to overwhelm yourself. Learn one or two recipes a week and you will be well on your way.
Start your meal with a salad. Eating a salad before the rest of your meal will accomplish two things: you will get a nutritional boost from it and it will start to fill you up before you get to the rest of your meal. As long as you stop eating when you are no longer hungry, you should find yourself consuming fewer calories overall. My advice is to have additional cooked vegetables with your protein source and save your starchy vegetables and grains for last; you will find you are naturally cutting down on them. Here are some recipe ideas from around the web.
Broccoli – Cauliflower Salad – a meal in a bowl that I bring to work almost every day. The variations are endless.
Incorporate vegetables into your breakfast; this will give you a head start on the rest of the day.
Crustless Quiche with Spinach and Broccoli – this is what I have most mornings.
Egg Muffins (with spinach and zucchini) – This recipe found on the Sweet Beet blog sound wonderful. Try experimenting with other vegetables and cheeses.
While searching the web I have found some wonderful sounding recipes (I have not tried them all). Give them a try and let us know what you think.
Make smoothies! If you haven’t tried them yet it is time you did. If you have a decent blender, you will be able to make delicious fruit and spinach smoothies in no time and drink your veggies. Now before you say, “eewww”, you must try them. You can hide a lot of spinach in one of these before anyone will know it is there – well except for maybe the color. The taste will be all fruit. My favorite recipe is a combination of half an apple (leave the peel on), a big handful of baby spinach, ½ to ¾ cup of frozen blueberries, and half of a cup of water, milk, or yogurt.