Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Eat Your Greens

So, it turns out that March is National Nutrition Month according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Now, some of the recipes I share are on the indulgent side.  To me, nutrition is about eating as many whole, real foods as possible and balancing your diet.  I think a balanced diet includes both kale and cheesecake.

The challenge for National Nutrition Month is to Get Your Plate in Shape.  To do so, I try to add something green to my meal whenever possible. Shamrock Shakes do not count.  Lately, I've been buying baby spinach and adding it to as many of my dishes as possible.  It's an easy way to add some vitamins and nutrients without changing my whole meal.  Here are a few quick ideas to add some green to your breakfast.

Green Smoothies
Don't be scared, we've had these before.  I promise they don't taste like drinking pureed spinach.  A few of my favorite combinations are:
Banana, Spinach, Frozen Strawberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Almond Milk
Banana, Spinach, Almond Butter, Almond Milk
Banana, Spinach, Pineapple, Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk

Greens and Eggs
Stuff some spinach in an omelet, mix it up with a scramble, or wilt alongside a fried egg.

Salad or Sandwich Topper
I personally prefer traditional breakfast foods in the morning, but I know not everyone does.  Try stuffing a pita with hummus and spinach, maybe add a slice of turkey.  This salad was a bed of greens with tomato, avocado and hummus served with a turkey pita.


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