10 Creative Ways to Eat More Greens

Sometimes vegetables just need to taste better.

It’s okay to admit that you don’t like eating your greens. If they tasted great, then we wouldn't have such an issue eating the recommended daily amount of five to nine servings of vegetables. But there are plenty of ways to sneak green veggies into your food without sacrificing flavor. So, why should you? Green vegetables are known to promote good colon and heart health, prevent birth defects in babies for pregnant women, and fend off unstable molecules called free radicals to keep them from damaging cells. And the list goes on. Reap the benefits with a few ways to mix more of them into your diet.

  1. Wrap meats, cheese, rice or condiments in spinach or lettuce.
  2. Throw some green pepper or broccoli on a frozen pizza.
  3. Add raisins to bitter greens to balance out the flavors.
  4. Sneak zucchini into meatloaf or pasta sauce.
  5. Put peas or green beans in a can of soup or mac and cheese.
  6. Make a veggie sandwich and add balsamic vinegar.
  7. Create your own pesto with olive oil, garlic, pine nuts and basil leaves.
  8. Add some peanut butter to your flavorless celery stick.
  9. Drink the water after you steam your vegetables so you don’t miss out on extra nutrients.
  10. Drizzle some olive oil on asparagus and roast in the oven.

A word of advice: just get creative with it. The slightest flavor improvement is still an improvement. See what you have on hand and combine things that you think would go great with greens.

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