Sneaky Ways To Eat More Greens

 

#1
Red produce contains cancer-fighting lycopene and anthocyanins, which may also lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Beet Red Salad
Ingredients: Red beets, farro or barley, kosher salt, red-wine vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, sugar, black pepper, red onion, radicchio, sliced, feta

Calories: 252

SNEAKY VEGGIES 1

#2
Orange and yellow foods (think carrots, squash, sweet potatoes) boast carotenoids like beta-carotene, a type of vitamin A that boosts your immune system.

Tropical Fruit Granola
Ingredients: Old-fashioned rolled oats, macadamia nuts, unsweetened shredded coconut, vegetable oil, agave nectar, ground ginger, ground cardamom, sea salt, mixed dried fruit, chopped

Calories: 253

#3
Grilled Sweet Potato, Orange And Chickpea Salad
Ingredients: Sweet potatoes, navel oranges, rice vinegar, sesame oil, reduced-sodium soy sauce, salt, cooking spray, chickpeas, scallions

Calories: 208

#4
Avocado Pea Soup With Herb Oil
Ingredients: Flat-leaf parsley, olive oil, tarragon, divided, shallots, chopped, low-sodium vegetable broth, frozen peas, avocado, plain fat-free yogurt, kosher salt, black pepper

Calories: 191

#5
Vodka-Spiked Tomatoes With Lemon Salt
Ingredients: Cherry tomatoes, vodka, lemon juice, sugar, kosher salt, black pepper, lemon zest

Calories: 59

#6
Most green fruits and vegetables are loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that protect against eye diseases and may lower your risk of heart disease and skin cancer. Leafy greens are also a great source of energy-boosting folate.

Herb Garden Salad
Ingredients: Eggs, kosher salt, asparagus, sugar-snap peas, garlic clove, lemon zest, lemon juice, white-wine vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, black pepper, watercress, flat-leaf parsley, mint leaves

Calories: 123

SNEAKY VEGGIES 2

Baked Goods
Try pureeing greens and adding them to muffins.
When paired with other flavorful ingredients, like blueberries or chocolate, you won’t notice the spinach hidden in the mix. You won’t even feel like you’re eating vegetables.
This trick even works with brownies!

Eggs
Greens in omelets, especially kale, which you can easily buy frozen and throw into the mix whenever you’re in the mood to make breakfast.

Pasta
Add some fresh basil, try adding heartier greens to the mix.
Spinach works particularly well. Greens also work in lasagna, or instead of basil in homemade pesto. You can even try the pesto as a yummy condiment to serve on sandwiches.

Smoothies
Try mixing spinach or kale into those homemade fruit smoothie.
A handful of leaves doesn’t have to make your sip look — or taste — green!

Beans
black beans (with tomato, garlic, onion, cumin, etc.)
Stir in a couple cups of chopped, blanched greens like spinach, chard or kale at the end.
It adds great color, texture and flavor!

Pizza
Add a little green to your favorite homemade slice. A handful of leaves can add a refreshing factor to that warm and gooey cheese.

Bake your dough with just fresh mozzarella. Then when it comes out of the oven, cover the entire pie with a mix of arugula, cherry tomatoes, olive oil and vinegar.

 

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