It can be hard to stay motivated and on track with a healthy meal plan, but I’ll tell you what, once you commit to at least one week of healthy eating and other lifestyle choices, it gets so much easier! You will be your own inspirational story once you discover how awesome you feel sticking to your health goals. You’ll have increased energy, feel better, and dare I say maybe even feel happier?! 🙂
There are many easy and creative ways to get more greens in your body everyday. Here are three of my favorite ways:
1. Smoothies – If you’re not really a fan of most leafy greens, a smoothie is a great way to begin to add greens into your health routine. Adding some fresh or frozen fruits like berries, pineapples, or mangoes can help conceal the bitter, strong taste of kale. Just make sure you don’t add too much fruit! Tropical fruits like pineapples, mangoes, and bananas can be on the higher end when it comes to sugar content.
2. Juices – Think of an awesome green juice as your healthy dose of supplements for the day. You can pack a lot of nutrients into one juice and add things like lemon, lime, apple, or pear to help balance out the flavors of the leafy greens. If you want the full health benefits of a fresh juice, drink it 20-30 minutes before eating your meal so your body can fully absorb the nutrients. If you have juice with a meal, that’s great too! Just know that the potency of the juice will not be as strong. Try my Green Me! juice for a full dose of greens.
3. Salads – While smoothies and juice can be tasty and easy for on the go, there is something to be said about actually eating and chewing your food. The fiber from leafy greens is great for your digestive health. Fiber can help clear out toxins and keep things moving along. I like to make a big salad for lunch using mixed greens and top it with walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, blueberries, and sometimes goji berries. It’s important to include healthy fats so your body can absorb the fat-soluble vitamins and minerals in the leafy greens. I will add avocado to my salads and usually just use olive oil as a salad dressing. If I’m wanting more flavor, I will add fresh lemon juice or balsamic vinaigrette. The great thing about salads is that you can be as creative as you’d like, so don’t be afraid to add a little variety now and then! For more salad inspiration, check out this neat book called Salad Love!