Getting more “green” in your diet

As we head deeper into the fall and winter seasons, we often get more and more excited about seasonal food. We’ve already discussed numerous seasonal fruits and veggies of the orange, yellow, and off-white kind. But this time of year, it is just as crucial to eat green foods as it is any time of the year. Green vegetables are rich in vitamins, including vitamin A and K, and contain generous amounts of folate and polyphenols. Variety is crucial when eating healthy, and that includes a variety of colors! Here are a few ways you can enjoy more green in your diet.

Toss them into a smoothie 

This works great for both fresh and frozen produce. If you’re not a fan of spinach or kale flavor, blend them up with some fruit and make a sweet green smoothie to mask the bitterness and sneak them into your diet. A good general tip for making one is to combine 1 cup of leafy greens, 1 cup of a liquid base (like milk or coconut water), and 2 1/2 cups of your favorite fruits. I love blending spinach and arugula with pineapple and mango, and topping  it with sunflower seeds.

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Eat them for breakfast

Making greens a part of your complete breakfast can be a great way to mix things up and break away from the lunch and dinner salad routine. Here are a few great examples of greener breakfasts.

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Images provided by Macy Vezina

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Make the perfect snack

Who doesn’t love to have something delicious and bite-sized during a movie night in? But instead of reaching for popcorn, potato chips, or boring regular tater tots, what about these way funner Brussels sprouts tater tots?

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