4 Hacks to Make Eating Your Greens More Enjoyable

We all need to eat more greens, but it’s not always the most exciting thing to put on a plate. Maybe you grew up eating a few too many boiled Brussels sprouts. Or maybe you’re just stuck in a rut, eating the same boring greens over and over, week in and week out.

Newsflash: Eating more greens doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are 4 hacks that will make increasing your veggie consumption easier, tastier and less of a bore:

Use a white plate.

When it comes to enjoyment, the way your food looks is almost as important as how it tastes. Don’t just plop some steamed greens onto a plate like a disgruntled school lunch lady. Take the time and effort to plate your food in a beautiful way. Try to eat a rainbow to make your meals more visually appealing (and nutritious). Also be conscious about the colors you plate your greens on.

White plates have been shown to make foods appear most desirable, which is why so many multi-star restaurants use exclusively white plating. Researchers have also shown that foods on a red plate appear least desirable. So whatever you do, don’t put your vegetables on a red plate.

Improvise your grocery list and diversify.

Eating your greens doesn’t just mean eating kale and lettuce all day every day. Try changing it up. Toss some cleansing dandelion greens in your salad. Juice some chard. Find interesting uses for parsley. Diversifying your greens is not only more interesting, but it’s healthier. Every green has a different nutritional profile, so eating a wide range of greens can mean more wholesome nourishment. That being said, it’s easy to fall into the habit of buying the same old greens every time you go grocery shopping. Try to be more conscious when you’re in the produce aisle. See something you haven’t tried before? Toss it in the cart! If you don’t know what to do with it, lucky you, you live in the age of the internet. Just do a quick Google search and you’ll have hundreds of recipes at your fingertips.

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Add flavors.

Eating steamed broccoli with a pinch of salt is pretty bland, and bland is no fun at all. Change things up by digging in to your spice cabinet. Use healthy fats, garlic, lemon, ginger, tamari, kimchi, curry, paprika, chile powder, whatever you have on hand. Don’t let vegetables be a hurried side dish. Put the time and effort into making vegetables the tastiest and most important part of your meal.

Be sneaky.

If you really don’t enjoy greens, create clever ways to sneak more of them in your diet. Green juices are a great way to do this. If you have a juicer, combine cucumbers, celery, collard greens, dandelion greens, spinach, ginger and lemon with a splash of coconut water for sweetness. Or you could sneak them into a frittata, a savory pie, a pasta dish or even onto a pizza. Challenge yourself to fit at least one serving of greens into every meal. You’ll be amazed by the creative ways you manage to sneak more veggies into each dish.

Vegetables are what keep us happy and healthy. Making them more enjoyable is a win-win. Start out by choosing one unfamiliar green each week and integrating it into one or two meals. Gradually expand your veggies repertoire, and soon you’ll be amazed by how much you look forward to eating your veggies.

What are some ways you sneak more greens into your diet? Share your best tips with the community below. 

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