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How To Get Your Greens

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Getting plenty of greens like spinach, kale, romaine and others is a good way to ensure you’re getting abundant nutrition in your diet. Green, leafy vegetables are known to be very healthy; they are packed with nutrition while being quite low in calories. On The Kaufmann Diet, these foods are certainly encouraged. You won’t find many diets that would not recommend eating more green food. 

Many people, of course, turn their nose up to foods like spinach, kale, romaine, chard, and other green foods. If you are used to eating highly-palatable, processed foods loaded with salt, sugar, and fat, the taste of raw vegetables can be a little off-putting. However, greens can be prepared in ways that taste great; in fact, if you refuse to eat these kinds of foods because of their taste, it simply means you haven’t found the right way to prepare them yet. 

Greens are good to include in your diet regularly––even on a daily basis. It is simply hard to find foods more nutritionally dense, calorie for calorie. Here are some tasty ways to include these foods in your diet on a regular basis. 

Eat A Salad A Day

Getting greens in your diet can be as simple as eating a salad a day. This could be a salad at lunch, topped with grilled chicken or steak, or a side salad with dinner. Salads, contrary to popular belief, do not have to be boring or tasteless. Instead, they should be robust, filled with vegetables, herbs, and dressed healthily with simple dressing, like olive oil with lemon, garlic, and apple cider vinegar. The base of your salads, however, should be your green foods. You can mix these up anyway you want, but eating a salad with lots of vegetables every day is an easy way to get abundant nutrition in a low-calorie, filling way. 

Cook Your Greens

Cooking foods like spinach, kale or collard greens can actually make the nutrition therein more bioavailable. These foods can be sautéed, braised, added to stir fry’s or soups. Again, it is important to get creative, because greens do not have to be boring or tasteless; they can be delicious and nutritious. 

Mix Them In a Smoothie

Greens like spinach and kale blend well in smoothies, which can often disguise their flavor and texture if you don’t like them. Smoothies are a great way to get a lot of nutrition in a portable package; adding avocado, blueberries and greens to protein powder is a flavorful, nutritional powerhouse that can be taken on the go and a great way to start your day. 

Add Them To Juice 

Juicing greens like kale and chard is a good way to concentrate their nutrients. They do not produce a lot of juice, so juicing them with cucumbers and carrots is a good idea. Add in garlic, ginger, parsley, and cilantro, and you have a nutritionally dense, detoxifying, anti-fungal powerhouse. It might be a good idea to chase your juice with some walnuts or a spoonful of olive oil to assist with the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients. 

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