We all know that sometimes cooking veggies on the stove can get pretty old, boring and let’s not forget, time consuming. Am I right? Are you the only one in your household that cooks for everyone? I know the struggle. I get it. You are trying to cook healthy meals for you and your family and that requires veggies. I don’t blame you! I am doing exactly the same and let’s be honest: we can sometimes run out of ideas. Now that Pinterest exists, we are able to find hundreds if not thousands of recipes to for healthy meals. And guess what? Not all of them need to actually be cooked. In this article, I want to share with you 5 easy, non-boring ways for you and your family to eat your greens and you know what the best part is? You will still get the nutrients from the greens and veggies for you and your family- no doubt about that!
So here they are:
1. Place them raw in smoothies.
This is a great way to sneak those greens or veggies in for your kids. Even veggies that you would have never thought to go well with a smoothie (like zucchini or beets for example) are ideal and most of the time, you can’t really taste the flavor. Perfect for breakfast or snacks (sometimes even dinner if you don’t feel like having a super filling meal). One of my all-time favorite smoothies contains kale and/or spinach. Yes, you can add fruit too to them and I can assure you, you will not taste the greens in them. It’s so delicious you won’t even believe it has greens.
Here’s my recipe:
1 ½ cups of almond milk (or any other milk of your preference)
2 scoops of Arbonne Vanilla protein powder (you can use any other protein of your choice, but this is my personal favorite)
¼ cup of berries
1 tbsp of raw almond butter
2-3 handfuls of spinach + kale
*add ½ banana (if it’s a post workout smoothie)
Blend and enjoy!
Tip #1: I encourage you to create a Pinterest account and board if you don’t already have one and search for any smoothie you are craving. This way, when you are ready to make it, you already have the recipe and don’t need to wait by searching for it. Just make sure you have all the ingredients beforehand.
Tip #2: Buy frozen fruit if you’d like or if you are one that tends to leave the fruit in the fridge. Fresh is always best, but frozen is better than not having your fruit serving.
2. Powder form
There are plenty of brands that sell greens in powder form but not all powders are created equal. My personal favorite greens powder is Arbonne’s. Why? Because it contains all the nutrients I need in a single small dose. If not Arbonne’s, find a “greens powder” you love and mix it into a smoothie. You can use the same recipe above and substitute the spinach + kale by using the greens or do both! More greens will not hurt you in any way. In fact, the more greens the merrier. Although I don’t recommend having an excessive amount of greens so the flavor can be balanced out in between leafy and fruity.
3. Bake them into muffins, pancakes or donuts
This is particularly perfect for kids! Sometimes it’s hard for them to eat their greens so I have looked up delicious recipes containing veggies and trust me- they are easy to make and easy for kids to love and want more! Once again, Pinterest is your to-go search! However, I would like to share one of my favorites that you can make into a muffin, pancake, donut or eve waffle!
Here is one of my favorite recipes:
Spinach + Banana + Oats delight
1 ½ cup of spinach
3 tbsp of oats
1 tbsp flaxseed
½ tsp cinnamon
Blend all ingredients together in food processor and place on muffin tin or pan for pancakes. Place in muffin tin or onto pan and follow the same procedure you would for regular pancakes. If you are baking muffins or donuts, bake at 350 for 17 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Once they are out of the oven, top with pecans and raw honey if you would like.
This makes about 5 pancakes depending on how thick or thin you like them. Know that if you would like to make more, you can double the recipe.
If there are any leftovers save in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Once again, this is just one recipe of mine that I really found my whole family enjoys but there are plenty of other ideas online or…. You know it, Pinterest.
4. Roast them in the oven
Switch it up a little bit and save time by placing your greens in a baking pan with olive oil and Italian seasonings. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 400 degrees F. Set your timer and do your laundry or whatever you need to get done around the house. I don’t typically bake spinach or kale or any other leafy greens although you could (like the last option). However, any other greens and veggies I will toss in there. Green beans and sweet peas make a great side green dish. Any other veggies (green or not) can be placed in the same pan to bake.
5. Kale chips
Unlike potato chips, kale keeps its nutritional value when made into chips. I have personally done them in the past and this is the recipe I followed from The Minimalist Baker.
Greens are vital for our health. When you become a bit more creative in the kitchen and you follow these 5 delicious and different ways to eat your greens you will be consuming the nutrients your body craves and needs. Veggies optimize your health. Sometimes the only thing we need to get great nutrients into our system is switching things up a bit and finding good recipes.
Hope these creative ways serve you well!