Greens are eaten every day around the world. Dark leafy greens are abundant in a multitude of nutrients, particularly when compared to their caloric content, making them just about the most nutrient-dense food we can eat. Sometimes tangy, pungent or slightly bitter, many of us don’t really know what to do with these bold bunches, we just know that we should be eating more of them…somehow. Versatile greens can be an easy habit to form, showing up on your plate, in your bowl, and even in your glass multiple times a day. With so many kinds: arugula, spinach, watercress, Swiss chard, rainbow chard, collard greens, mustard greens, beet tops, turnip greens, curly green kale, curly red kale, Lacinato (dino) kale, and my favorite, red Russian kale, each with their own particular flavor and texture, you will never run out of ways to get more greens. Here’s how I get more greens on the table (and into my family). In A Blender I know this sounds weird if you’ve never tried it. I resisted for years, thinking, “I eat greens, why do I need to blend greens?” But this is now my breakfast of choice, and it’s delicious. Don’t believe me? Ask my kids — they love it too! Plus, the blender does all the work for you, making the nutrients even more available, and you don’t even have to chew. Still skeptical? Try the Double Green Smoothie or the Get Your Greens Smoothie and see what you think. Smoothies are easy and quick, and lend themselves well to experimentation. Use whatever fresh or frozen fruit is on hand. Some smoothie tips:
- For your first green smoothie, baby spinach is a good choice. Mild and buttery, you won’t even notice it’s there.
- Adding colorful berries will turn your smoothie a lovely purple color, making it look less Hulk-like.
- If you are using kale or collard greens, strip the leaves from the stem before you add them to the blend. Only use the stem if you have a high-powered blender and prefer a more fibrous drink.
- If you don’t have a high-powered blender, don’t worry! Just add more water or other liquid for a thinner smoothie that blends well.