Eat More Greens – One New Healthy Habit Per Month!
Happy New Year!
It’s that time when resolutions are made, new habits are started and goals written down.
Sometimes we are a bit overzealous, aren’t we?
I know I am.
That’s why I have come to believe that making one change at a time is the key. It’s less overwhelming and more likely to “stick”. Imagine giving yourself a WHOLE month to incorporate ONE new healthy change. Wouldn’t that be so much less stressful than a string of resolutions? Allowing an entire month for working towards a new healthy change also helps it become a habit. Not to mention, there will be less guilt due to less broken New Year’s resolutions…
(And less guilt is always good – which is also why our family follows the 80/20 rule with our eating).
So for this month of January, we’re going to focus first on eating MORE GREENS!
Which foods are considered to be greens? Things like swiss chard, kale, parsley, cilantro, spinach, beet greens, collard greens, arugula, mixed lettuce greens, and even seaweed (more on that in another post this month). Did I miss any?
Why Eat More Greens?
Greens have so many health benefits! We all know they are good for us, but here are 3 specific things that greens are known for:
- High amount of Antioxidants
- High amount of Vitamins & Minerals – Vit A, C, K and many B vitamins, calcium, folate, potassium
- Phytonutrients such as lutein and beta carotene.
Easy Ways to Get More:
Salads – try adding a small side salad to your usual lunch or dinner. OR make a salad full of veggies with a protein on top as a main meal. Also, use mixed greens (different lettuces and spinach together) rather than iceberg lettuce and try adding in some mixed herbs (parsley, chives, basil, cilantro) to take the flavor and nutrition up a notch!
Smoothies – Smoothies are a great way to add more greens. Spinach is tasteless in a smoothie – I also sometimes add chard, kale or aquatic greens powder to mine!
Add greens to other dishes – Try adding some sauteed spinach, kale or chard to your scrambled eggs to get some extra greens in. Adding greens to things like spaghetti sauce is super easy, too. In the past, I have dehydrated kale from my garden or Tower Garden and sprinkled it into smoothies or sauces – the kids never noticed!
Supplementing – Sometimes it’s hard to get enough greens – especially for picky eaters or kids. My 2 favorite ways to get more are to use the Aquatic Greens from Perfect Supplements (powder or capsules) and adding Juice Plus+. We take Juice Plus daily and it gives us a nice variety of various fruits/veggies each and every day – all safety tested and backed up with 35+ published research studies.
The rest of this month I will add some more posts on the topic of Eating More Greens, for our one new healthy habit for January! I’m really excited about this. I have a great giveaway coming up along with some other recipes, tips and information to help.
I’d love for you to share this post with friends/family and we can band together to encourage each other and share ideas! Please come back and comment on how you are doing with getting more greens in this month. If you found a great recipe or tip, please share below. Also consider interacting with me and other Real Food Eaters over on my RealFoodEater Facebook page!
What are your favorite ways to get more greens into your body?!