How to Get More Greens into Your Diet

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A famous frog once said that it’s not easy being green.

Luckily it is easier to eat green, thanks to these tasty tips for getting more green foods into your diet from “Color Me Vegan,” by Colleen Patrick Goudreau.

Goudreau’s book is packed with tips for eating healthy vegan foods of all colors.

  • Make a Green Smoothie (see video recipe below)
  • Drink green tea
  • Add frozen or fresh sweet peas to cooked rice
  • Use large collar leaves as a roll-up (instead of a tortilla). Spread some pesto on the leaf and add thin strips of cucumber, carrot and other favorite vegetables. Roll it up and eat!
  • Steam greens, such as kale, chard, collard greens or spinach and serve as an extra side dish with your evening mealxx
  • Add fresh herbs to all of your recipes for extra flavor and nutrition
  • Eat at least one large salad at one meal every day. Vary the greens to include lettuce, spinach, or a mixture of greens. Have fun and add as many green veggies as you can come up with: green bell pepper, snow or snap peas, green tomatoes, fennel, shredded Brussels sprouts, green cabbage, avocado and basil
  • Keep broccoli chopped up into florets to easily grab from the fridge and eat as a snack. Dip it into healthful hummus
  • Snack on my favorite olive of all time, the gorgeous blue/green meaty Castelvetrano olive. Find them fresh in large natural grocery stores, or jarred in Italian grocers
  • Snack on edamame beans. Buy them frozen, and cook in boiling water for 5 minutes
  • Make my famous garlic and greens soup (see the video recipe at compassionatecooks.com)
  • Crispy kale makes a great snack.
  • Mash steamed broccoli into mashed potatoes
  • Add julienned kale, chard or any leafy green to marinara sauce before serving over pasta
  • If your going to eat pasta or flour tortillas anyway, why not choose the spinach-infused green versions?
  • Eat celery with your peanut butter as a snack

Make a Green Smoothie

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Color Me Vegan

Eat by color for more flavorful meals and extraordinary health!

In Color Me Vegan, author and vegan extraordinaire Colleen Patrick-Goudreau brings an edible rainbow of plant-based cuisine to your kitchen table with 150 flavorful recipes designed to boost your health and perk up your palate.

With color as the guiding principle behind each section, Colleen shows vegetarians, vegans, and everyone in between exactly how phytonutrients—the most powerful, pigmented antioxidants on earth, found in everything from select fruits and vegetables, to grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds—can be expertly incorporated into your meals for the greatest nutritional punch.

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is the founder of Compassionate Cooks, an organization whose mission it is to empower people to make informed food choices and to debunk myths about veganism. A recognized expert on healthful plant-based cuisine, Colleen has appeared on the Food Network and is a columnist for VegNews magazine. She lives in Oakland, CA with her human hubby and feline boys.

 

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