What do sleep, patience, and veggies have in common? They’re all something we need more of!
The average adult requires at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night to recover, allowing the hormones that affect our mood and appetite to stabilize. Patience is a virtue that allows us to get through the day without having a meltdown when the Starbucks line is 20 people deep or when your meeting runs 30 minutes later than scheduled. And veggies? These heart-healthy snacks are an important source of fiber and nutrients. Diets rich in veggies help reduce the risk of heart disease and keep our bodies functioning optimally so you don’t have to take a Rain Check when girls night rolls around at the end of the week.
Here are four of our favorite ways to ensure you’re getting your greens.
Create Spinach Smoothies
When we think of smoothies, most of us envision strawberries mingling with fresh almond milk, a dash of cinnamon and perhaps some vanilla protein for extra flavor. And while this sounds pretty tasty to us, by adding spinach (fresh or frozen!) to your blended drink, you’ll take it from so-so to super-dense in nutrients! Spinach is rich in fiber and plant protein. Vitamins C, E and A are especially great for your skin! Try out this recipe the next time you’re craving a tasty treat! We promise you’ll hardly notice the spinach.
Consider Having Greens for Breakfast
Speaking of spinach, have you ever considered adding it to your pancake batter? Just blend some fresh spinach into the batter when prepping pancakes or other baked goods. They’re also a great addition to baked eggs (eggs baked in a muffin pan) and omelets.
Add Herbs and Spices
If a bowl of broccoli sounds kind of “blah,” consult the seasoning aisle the next time you’re at the store. There are countless herbs and spices that not only add flavor to those veggies but are also rich in antioxidants. Some of our favorites are oregano, chili powder, paprika, and turmeric. Click here to learn more about their benefits and why you should add them to your diet.
Take it Easy
While you may have good intentions when buying bagfuls of veggies in bulk, consider opting for the pre-cut variety. You may be more likely to eat them if you don’t have to wash, cut and prepare them every time you think of having a snack (veggies and hummus anyone?). Another option is to wash all of your greens, then cut and prepare them into individual containers or bags. When it’s time for a meal or snack, you can grab and go!
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