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Kermit was Wrong: It IS Easy Being Green!

Polly Pitchford - Thursday, January 16, 2014

On my dry erase board I have a title: New Year's Resolutions, and two headings: My Health and PEPTalks.  Under each I wrote down a few important changes and improvements that I want to accomplish to increase the vitality of my body and increase the success of my business.  I look at it every day as a reminder of what I've set out to do and you know what?  Eating Greens Everyday is the only thing on the list that I've stuck to.  Yay me!  It's definitely a vitally important food habit to get into because green leafy vegetables are the rockstars of the vegetable kingdom!  Per calorie they have the most nutrient density. That means that they have the most vitamin, mineral, phytochemical and antioxidant count than any other vegetable per bite.  More bang for the buck, as they say.

If you would like to make this important addition to your diet then here are a few tips for success:

  • Shop for it: Nothing gets done if you don't plan a little ahead! Put broccoli, spinach, romaine, kale, arugula, bok choy, parsley, chard and collards on your shopping list, 
  • Blend it:  Put 1 heaping handful of spinach in any smoothie recipe you do.  I promise you won't even taste it! Of course you can add kale or chard to a fruit smoothie but you'll have to blend a lot longer to get it to "smoothie".
  • Scramble it:  Saute chard or spinach in a little butter in your egg pan.  Pour the eggs in the same pan and mix together until set.
  • Crunch it:  Big salads, of course, made with romaine, spinach, arugula or parsley and any other vegetable that will fit!
  • Steam it:  Call me crazy but I love a big plate of steamed broccoli with a drizzle of really good olive oil and a grind of salt and pepper for dinner once in a while.  
  • Stir fry it:  Saute bok choy, kale, collards or chard with any other veggie of choice (carrot, red bell pepper, mushrooms, onions) and serve it over brown rice or quinoa with a spritz of soy sauce and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.  Chicken, shrimp, beef or tofu can be the protein topper.
  • Soup it ("soup it?")  Any of the above greens (except maybe Romaine lettuce) can be cut into small ribbons and added to canned or homemade soups.  So easy! 

Now that I think about it, the decision to ADD a food to my diet as opposed to TAKING AWAY a food has added greatly to the success of this Health Resolution.  Hopefully all these extra powerhouse green calories will squeeze out the empty, sugary ones.  Try it!

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