It is clear that in order to feel better, it starts with eating better. Think about it, when you are indulging in highly processed foods, how do you feel? Probably sluggish and exhausted. But think about when you are adding natural, whole foods into your diet. How are you feeling then? Most likely, more energetic and vibrant. How you feel is directly linked to how you nourish your body.
One major food, that every Health Coach will tell you to add to your meals are leafy greens, and for many great reasons, too! Greens are filled with antioxidants and phytochemicals which has been linked to reducing types of cancers. Also, they are a great source of magnesium, which many women are deficient in. Plus, they are loaded with fiber and low on calories, meaning they fill you up, but with little calories.
Now on paper, greens are amazing. And they are! But there is one caveat, greens do not taste like cake or candy. The taste is the main reason why people struggle to get their daily dose of greens in their daily intake. Our very own Crystal McGrath is a certified Health Coach, and wants you to reach your health and wellness goals, especially during this time. Here are some ways you can incorporate greens into your diet without sacrificing taste!
1.Going Green Smoothie
Smoothies are a great way to get your greens in a quick and tasteless way. The trick with a good smoothie is balanced, you don’t want to add too much of the yummy add-ons, because it becomes more of a calorie-bomb than a health drink. This recipe is a great start to incorporating greens into your smoothie!
1 cup of liquid (water, milk, or milk alternative)
1.5 cups of greens (baby spinach is great to add into smoothies, it is virtually tasteless!)
1 cup of frozen fruit (my favorite it mango! Sometimes I will do half a cup of mango and half a cup of berries to mix it up)
1 scoop of protein powder of choice OR half a cup of Greek yogurt
As much ice as desired and blend away!
2. Egg-celent Breakfast (or lunch or dinner!)
Eggs are a versatile way to add a protein punch to your diet. Easy to make and affordable to buy, many Health Coaches deem eggs ‘the perfect protein’. Now, eggs alone can be kind of boring, but this recipe below gives eggs the boost they need!
2 eggs (scrambled in a bowl)
Salt and pepper to taste
1-2 cups of chopped spinach or kale
1 cup of add-ins: chopped tomatoes, peppers, onions, broccoli, mushrooms, herbs, etc.
In a pan heat 1 tbs of oil, add in the greens and veggies of choice. NOTE: if you are choosing kale, be sure to saute the kale for a few minutes before adding in the other ingredients, as it takes longer to cook.
Once the greens and veggies are almost cooked through, add your eggs and scramble away!
Viola! A delicious protein and veggie-packed meal!
3. Wrap it up!
The last recipe is one of the most versatile ones in my opinion because the options are truly endless. Using leafy greens in place of buns, bread and wraps not only saves calories but boots the nutritional value in the dish, too! The recipe below is for a taco-inspired meal, but the greens can be used in place of wraps, sandwich bread, hamburger buns, the options are endless.
3 leaves of one of the following: romaine lettuce, collard greens, Boston lettuce, bib lettuce
Taco filling of choice: ground meat, shrimp, tofu
Toppings of choice: tomatoes, guacamole, cheese, lettuce, beans, cabbage, jalapenos, onions, etc.
Assemble the fillings and toppings into the leaf of choice, and enjoy!
These are three easy ways to add more greens into your diet, without sacrificing taste. What are your favorite ways to add greens into your meals? Let us know in the comments below! For more details about Crystal's Health Coaching Services, please visit the link.