12 Tasty Ways to Eat More Leafy Greens
When a salad just won’t cut it.
Every year when spring hits, I basically turn into a rabbit. The return of warm weather makes me crave the crunch of a big, fresh salad like nothing else. But by the time summer rolls around, I’ve usually exhausted all my salad cravings, and I need a change of scenery. The thing is, I still want that deliciously healthy, leafy green scenery, but I need a new way to eat it. Enter, spinach frittata, kale pesto, arugula-topped pizza and — well, you didn’t think I was going to give you all 12 ideas right here and right now, did you? Keep reading, rabbit friends.
Add Spinach to a Frittata
Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata
Making a frittata is a great way to incorporate eggs into your Christmas brunch without making an individual order for each guest. Set this spinach and goat cheese frittata on the table so guests can serve themselves. Served straight out of the pan, this is a great dish that doesn't take a lot of time to make.
Jump-start your day with a dose of greens. This easy frittata is served straight out of the pan.
Make It: Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata
Add Leafy Greens to a Burrito Bowl
Easy, Healthy Dinner: Vegan Burrito Bowl
This better-for-you burrito bowl is bursting with spices and flavor. It’s made with brown rice, satiating protein from the tofu and black beans, and healthy fat from the avocado. This is a bowl that’s sure to fill you up, not fill you out! Get the recipe >>
Kara Lydon, RD
Burrito bowls are a great weeknight go-to because they’re quick, easy and customizable. Start with brown rice and a healthy bed of leafy greens. Top it off with your favorite Mexican-inspired ingredients and flavors.
Make a Spinach and Purple Kale Pizza
Yep, you can simultaneously eat pizza, kale and spinach. You heard it here first.
Make It: Spinach and Purple Kale Pizza
Add Arugula to a Breakfast Pizza
More of a breakfast pizza person? Try this egg, tomato and arugula-topped flatbread.
Make It: Arugula-Topped Breakfast Flatbread
Make Green Juice
Drink your greens alongside your morning coffee, and feel like a million bucks by 9 a.m.
Make It: Fresh Green Juice
Try Cooking Asian Greens
Get out of your spinach-and-kale rut, and try some new flavors. Asian greens are tasty, healthy and easy to prepare.
Make It: Braised Asian Greens
Add Bok Choy to Ramen
Rev up your ramen with the nutritious addition of bok choy and other veggies.
Make It: Ramen Reimagined
Make Pureed Soup
Soup may seem strange as a warm-weather dish, but this Mediterranean variety — which features baby spinach and loads of fresh herbs — can be served hot or cold to accommodate all seasons and preferences.
Make It: Mediterranean Herb Soup
Make a Green Smoothie
Start your day the green way. Bananas, coconut milk and spinach will fuel your body, while natural unsweetened cocoa powder will fool your (chocolate-loving) taste buds.
Make It: Green Smoothie
Add Arugula or Kale to Pesto
Amp up your pesto’s health factor by using kale or arugula instead of basil. Sneaky? Maybe. Delicious? Definitely.
Make Kale Chips
And pretend you’re Jennifer Garner. That’s all, really.
Make It: Kale Chips
Add Spinach to Classic Homemade Hummus
Add a few handfuls of fresh baby spinach to homemade hummus before blending it. This works the same way a spinach-and-fruit smoothie does. The spinach turns your hummus green and adds tons of nutrients, but it doesn’t significantly change its overall flavor.
Make It: Classic Homemade Hummus