Most of us know that we should be eating more vegetables. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans states that adults should consume 1.5-2 cups of fruit each day and 2-3 cups of vegetables. Yet, according to survey data for 2007-2010 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 76% of Americans don’t meet the recommendations for fruit intake and 87% do not meet the vegetable intake recommendations. Most people automatically think of salads when trying to add more vegetables into their diet, but there are so many other creative ways to eat more vegetables.
In the roundup below, you’ll find 7 creative ways to add more green leafy vegetables to your diet. Why green leafy vegetables? Green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, swiss chard, and collard greens are great sources of many essential vitamins and minerals like Vitamins A, C, K, iron, and magnesium. They are also good sources of antioxidants which help protect cells against oxidative damage and inflammation to help decrease your risk of chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease. So stock up on some green leafy vegetables on your next trip to the grocery store and try out these tips.
Deborah Davis MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian who practices clinical dietetics in Chicago, Illinois. She shares practical nutrition tips and healthy recipes on her personal blog, Dietitian Debbie Dishes. In her free time, you’ll likely find Deborah in the kitchen, camera and spatula in hand, developing recipes for her blog and freelance pieces. You can also connect with Deborah on Twitter and Instagram.