Some days working out and eating salads seems like a breeze, and other days we’d rather stay in bed and order pizza. Our mothers might have taught us all to eat our greens, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. Luckily for us, getting in those micronutrients doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think. Save yourself from munching on spinach leaves all day long and try these easy tricks to sneak some more greens into your diet. We promise you’ll hardly taste the difference.
Embrace your inner hulk and go green with your morning smoothie. Throwing in a couple of handfuls of spinach leaves might change its colour, but it’ll also give your shake a nutritional boost you need without affecting the taste.
Need inspiration? Try our ‘Just Be Good To Green’ Shake, here.
Bulk up Your Dinner
Have you ever thrown a bag of spinach into a pan only to watch it disappear before your eyes? Not only can you blend them in your smoothies, but leafy greens like spinach and kale can be thrown into pretty much every dish you make. Add them into stews, soups and curries and you’ll have eaten half the bag without even noticing.
As you’ve probably seen from scrolling through your Instagram feed, ‘Zoats’ has been one of the biggest fitness trends of the year. Grating zucchini, or courgette to us in England, into your oats might sound a little weird, but it adds texture, volume and an extra 1 of your 5 a day. It’s basically a bigger bowl of oats with better nutritional value. What could be better than that?
Need inspiration? Try our Zoats blog, here.
Similar to ‘zoats’, this versatile vegetable has another popular carb-replacing use; ‘courgetti’. Next time you’re whipping up your favourite pasta dish, how about swapping half your usual pasta for spiralized courgette. You’ll be packing in dietary fibre, Potassium and Vitamin C whilst saving calories and keeping the carb content low. We promise you’ll be pleasantly surprised by its likeness to the real deal!
Get Your Snack On
Got the 3pm munchies? Instead of heading to the vending machine for a chocolate bar or a packet of crisps, try snacking on a bag of kale chips or vegetable sticks with hummus. It will keep that rumbling tummy at bay and your energy levels high without adding excessive calories into your day.
Neat Supergreens Powder
We get it, some days even cooking up some vegetables or grating a courgette sounds like a little too much effort. For the quickest trick in the book, try adding our Supergreens Powder into your day. It requires no cooking or prepping but includes thirty vegetable, fruit and herb powders and is packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Mix it with water or throw a tspn into your post workout shake and you’ll have hit your micronutrient needs within seconds.
This blog was written by Kathryn Armitage. Kathryn: the creator of lifestyle blog, A Healthy Wanderlust. Covering everything from culture and society to health and travel, check out her blog for a lot of seriously good food, opinionated rants and plans for world adventures. You can also find Kathryn on Instagram and Twitter.