Delicious (and Easy) Ways to Eat More Greens During the Winter

Stay healthy this season with these tasty, easy-to-prepare winter vegetables
Delicious (and Easy) Ways to Eat More Greens During the Winter
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Eat more green vegetables when the weather gets cold with these easy ideas.

It’s that time of year again: plummeting temperatures, crackling fireplaces, and early evening sunsets. Winter is upon us, and it’s time to put away the grill and break out the slow cooker. Unfortunately, this time of year leafy green vegetables sometimes take a backseat to meats and starches in hearty stews and weeknight pasta creations. Stay healthy this winter by eating more greens, which should be simple thanks to our list of easy (and delicious) ways to add them to your diet this winter.

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Whether you’re looking to revamp the kids’ after-school snack routine or want to incorporate greens into your family’s weeknight meal plan, the key to eating more greens this winter is trying new things. Forget the sautéed spinach or kale; try fresh spinach and fruit in a smoothie or crispy, oven-baked kale chips instead. Try swapping out your mundane weeknight salad for a savory stir-fry or replacing your quick and easy go-to pasta dinner with a vegetable-loaded quiche.

If you’re not quite ready to exchange your favorite starchy side dish for a bowl full of leafy greens, try adding greens into the dishes you already eat during the winter; there are numerous ways to include greens in your winter regimen. Try to incorporate one green vegetable into each of your culinary creations; add broccoli to your weeknight pasta dish or use cabbage instead of lettuce when you make tacos. Toss shaved Brussels sprouts into salads and add spinach to lasagna, stuffed shells, or manicotti.

It’s all about being creative; take your go-to weeknight dish and add a green. Whether it’s a side salad or a starter soup, you’ll be glad you tried something different and can feel good about eating more green vegetables.

Arugula


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Arugula is a supremely underrated salad builder. Combine it with pecans or walnuts, dried cranberries, and crumbles of fresh  goat cheese for a delicious first course. If you’re not a fan of salad, try tossing it with pasta and fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Bok Choy


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Superbly delicious and ridiculously nutritious, boy choy is a vegetable that you should be integrating into your meals. Whether you sauté it with fresh garlic or serve it cold with hummus, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this cruciferous gem.

 

 

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