Adding some GREEN to your diet

After yesterday's post I decided to give things a try and leave the technology off the dinner table. Let me tell you friends... setting down my iPhone, blackberry, computer and turning the TV off for last night's dinner was extremely hard! However, I definitely found that I enjoyed my meal a lot more since I did. My dinner tasted better, I didn't eat as much AND I felt extremely relaxed afterwards. The stresses of the day seemed to go away. 

I'm really excited for today's post, because this is something I've really tried to start incorporating in my meals... green veggies! I did a post recently on my Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and I definitely understand where Megan is coming from in her post today! Read below...

Contrary to popular belief, it IS easy being green!

Most of us are not eating enough veggies, especially the green leafy kind. The general rule of thumb is FIVE servings of vegetables (or about 2 1/2 cups) daily. Doable? Absolutely! Important? Without a doubt! Leafy greens (kale, arugula, spinach, swiss chard, broccoli, cabbage, etc.) are packed full of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Do you want to improve your health and feel better? Veg it up! Make veggies a priority on your plate every day, at every meal.

GAME CHANGER: Can I add veggies with that?
When I made a decision to start eating healthier and "greening" my meals, I was relieved to discover eating this way didn't require advanced culinary skills or a total overhaul of every meal I ever enjoyed. It required getting a little creative and "adding in" to "crowd out." Add in more of the healthy stuff (green veggies) and crowd out more of the less healthy options. For instance, when I make pasta now I always incorporate veggies, usually spinach or broccoli. This way I'm adding a serving of vegetables to my meal and I'm cutting down on the amount of pasta I'm eating. This approach helps me to be more mindful of my portion size. Same goes for eggs in the morning. I always add in some peppers, spinach, mushrooms... whatever is on hand. I'm vegging up my breakfast and my day. Incorporate a salad at lunch and some carrots and hummus as an afternoon snack and you're well on your way to eating your daily recommended servings of vegetables. Almost too easy, isn't it? ;) When in doubt, add veggies!

Your Challenge for Tomorrow: Plan your next dinner around your greens and make your chicken, pasta or fish the side dish. Need some inspiration? Give this recipe a try.

The #simplesavvy approach to greening your meals will have you looking and feeling better in no time!


Megan is a certified health coach, who is passionate about "smart casual" approaches to healthy living. She works with busy, motivated women, to help them uncover the food and lifestyle choices that fuel their lives and support their full potential... one simple, savvy step at a time. Megan's website: www.simplesavvyself.com

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Anonymous said...

I am definitely trying to get more veggies into my diet after spending the summer living near Red Velvet Cupcakery/Shake Shack in Chinatown and forgot to eat green for a few weeks there haha. I love the idea of adding veggies to my pasta, and I even bought a spiralizer to make zucchini pasta so we'll see how that goes!


Primp & Proper said...

That's awesome Frances!! Glad to hear the post helped you and zucchini pasta sounds amazing!! Perfect way to add some GREEN into your diet!!