When it comes to green veggies, we all know we could be eating more of them yet how often do you hand-on-heart say you fill your plate or smoothie cup with a variety of greens? A little while back after an indulgent couple of months over Christmas and New Year we set a sweet little 7-day challenge in the Low Tox Life Club to get everyone eating more greens – 5 cups a day minimum, in fact. Boy, was it a hit!
The beauty of these little challenges is that they’re run in focused and exaggerated ‘bursts’ so you benefit from the whole “It’s only for a week, I can do that” type scenario and stretch yourself for that short time. Getting motivated in a short time frame kind of forces us out of the repetitive ways we usually do something, helping us to break habits and create new ones. It’s a no-brainer. During this challenge from about day 5, everyone who participated felt amazing, energy levels were better, our skin was brighter, eyes really clear and we were all realising just how good it felt to add in those extra cups of greens each day.
One thing that’s pretty universally understood is that getting your five cups of greens in is not always an easy and palatable task! At times we get bored, we feel unplanned and I believe it requires a bit of an expansion of one’s vocabulary on the ‘ways to serve’ front. By that I mean, for it to remain a permanent change we embrace, we need to feel like it can be exciting, varied, pack a flavour punch… So, in the interest of inspiring you to up your greens, I’ve compiled a list below of simple ways to jazz up your veg which was a little part of our greens challenge handbook – If you fancy joining me in the Low Tox Club, the full handbook is there for you as is access to all the challenges we do, extra interviews with our book club guests that are not on the podcast, a practitioner thread on Tuesdays to support your health goals, 20% of all e courses all year and a wonderfully supportive chat group… Quite a few lil’ perks from $4USD a month!
20 delicious ways to get your greens in while enjoying every bite:
- Sprinkle chilli flakes on top of you sautéed greens for some heat!
- Use fresh crushed garlic or ground garlic powder to add a garlicky flavour to your salad dressing or sauté.
- Squeeze some fresh lemon over your steamed or sautéed greens – this is a personal favourite!
- Roast a head of broccoli with olive oil, lemon and sea salt for a crunchy change.
- Bake your kale into chips and season with lemon, chilli, salt, vinegar or a fancy spice blend.
- Add fresh herbs like sage, parsley, coriander, dill or basil for pops of flavour.
- Add in some crispy pan-fried nitrate and preservative-free bacon for a delicious smokey flavour and crunch burst.
- Turn a basic zucchini into zucchini fritters or do my zucchini gratin which is delicious!
- Throw leftover herbs and wilted greens into a blender with lots of olive oil, garlic, lemon and toasted nuts to make a delicious pesto to drizzle over your meals.
- Sprinkle over some shredded Parmesan for a cheesy change.
- Sautée greens and add in some cumin, pine nuts and currants for a Middle Eastern Side.
- Make a creamy green side: cook your spinach/silverbeet/collard greens until wilted, add garlic, onion and a few splashes of cream or coconut cream. Season to taste.
- Coat green beans in olive oil and pan-fry with fresh garlic and lemon, topped with cashew cheese or fresh goat’s cheese.
- Mashup or blitz an avocado with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper until quite smooth. Stir the avocado sauce/dressing through kale or greens as a delicious side.
- Combine spinach and zucchini in the pan with eggs for a healthy green-egg scramble.
- Wrap mince, chicken or tempeh up with large lettuce cups in place of bread.
- Sprinkle in some Dulse flakes over greens for a nutrient boost and an umami flavour.
- Roast Brussels sprouts with a dressing of brown rice miso paste, sesame oil + tamari for an Asian side dish.
- Top your sautéed greens with loads of nuts and seeds and a drizzle of olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
- Steam or pan-fry leafy Asian greens like pak choy/Chinese broccoli. Drizzle over sesame oil, tamari and toasted sesame seeds and serve with my sticky sweet tamari pork meatballs.
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