Diet hacks: Get your greens

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Do you eat enough greens?

greensThe original “dark leafy green” delivers an impressive two dozen vitamins and minerals that you need to workout and recover well. Vitamin K and potassium are essential to building bone and healing muscle. Eating spinach doesn’t have to be a boring cold salad though. If you’re like me, you get bored of eating salad everyday. Today I’m going to share some simple ways to up your greens (source: Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby/Runner’s World).

Try these creative and easy ways to up your spinach game

  • Mix it into salsa. For some Mexican flair, food-process spinach with onion, green chilies, lime, cilantro, tomatillo, and olive oil.
  • Serve as a crunchy side. Toss spinach with chopped hazelnuts, olive oil, and salt and pepper, and broil for 1 to 2 minutes until the leaves get crispy on the edges.
  • Sear it for a side salad. Flash-fry spinach in a hot pan seared with a drizzle of oil, only half cooking it. Sprinkle with sale and pepper, plus a few drips of sherry vinegar.
  • Make soup. Cook spinach in vegetable broth with chopped garlic, lemon, and olive oil. Drop in cubes of stale bread before serving for a traditional Portuguese bread soup.
  • Punch up pasta. Food-process spinach with basil, lemon, capers, garlic and extra-virgin olive oil. Add some noodles and you’re good to go!

If you don’t cook, try these restaurant hacks

  • Opt for the side of veggies instead of fries or potato
  • Spinach-artichoke dip. Need I say more?
  • If you’re tired of that side salad, get side soup but be sure it has greens in it.
  • If you find yourself at Wildfire (Chicago area), order their creamed spinach. It’s amazing.

How do you get your greens?

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