Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Simple Health Idea #2 Eat more Greens

Simple Health Idea #2

Green vegetables are an important part of any healthy diet.  They fill you up with fiber so that you aren't as nibbly for the bad stuff.  They are full of vitamins and minerals, supplying your body with an abundance of nutrients.  They are low in calories, so you can eat a whole lot of them and satisfy your need to nibble without loading up on sugar and fat.

So why oh why do we not eat more green veggies?  I take a bit of time every Sunday afternoon to wash and chop celery, broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower and put them in a vegetable keeper in the fridge.  I do not put them in the vegetable crisper though, I put them on a fridge shelf at eye level.  That way when the fridge is opened up, the veggies are the first things that you see.  I realize some of the vegetables I mentioned are not green, but they are just as important!

Another thing we do in this house is make a BIG green salad.  This is enough for a few meals, and is kept in the fridge without dressing.  If you pre-dress is the salad will go soggy.  Then at supper time, I take out the amount we need, add a few extras, and then dress it.  The next day we will use the rest, add some different extras for variety, and maybe a different dressing.  I sometimes simply squeeze fresh lime juice on for the dressing.  Just be frugal with any high fat dressings that you chose, as they can turn a healthy salad into a fat laden monster!

Other easy ways to get some greens into your day is to blend them into a smoothie.  Spinach, kale, lettuce and parsley are all wonderful additions to a smoothie.  You can add a little, so that you don't even notice the greens, or add a lot and have a "green" smoothie.

Shredded zucchini, carrots, and chopped spinach can be added to almost any soup, stew, omelet, and even baking.  Shred or chopped very finely and finicky eaters won't even know it is there.

Greens are so nourishing and cleansing to our bodies, and can be used at every meal.  So make sure you have at least one serving every day!

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