Going Green – How To Add Vegetables to Your Diet

Going Green – How To Add Vegetables to Your Diet

You know they are healthy for you, your mother told you to eat them when you were little to make you strong, but are you getting enough green vegetables in your diet? Becoming a green eating machine is not as difficult as you may think. You just have to know how to add it into your diet. Here are some ways to sneak in those greens. Your health depends on it!

6 Ways To Add More Vegetables To Your Diet

Smoothies: What better way to get your greens vegetables than to drink them! Mask the taste with fruit and you won’t even know you are eating spinach. Here is an easy green recipe: 1/2 banana, 1/2 c blueberries, 1 c almond milk, 1 T Betsy’s Best, 1 T chia seeds, 3/4 c fresh spinach leaves. Blend and serve.  (Check out all of our healthy smoothie recipes.)

Omelets: Turn your breakfast into a veggie fest by adding spinach, arugula, beet greens, parsley or cilantro and salsa into your eggs for a delicious twist!

Grilled: Roasting veggies is one of the easiest ways to enjoy a flavorful dish. Grilled endive and radicchio are not commonly grilled foods but are flavorful companions to peppers, onions, and mushrooms.

Baked: Baking or roasting veggies is as easy as 1-2-3. Throw some kale on a baking sheet, spray with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 min. You can also roast Brussels sprouts for a dish that is delish!

Shredded: When shredded finely, even tougher greens become easy to handle. You can shred these greens for a healthy garnish on mashed potatoes or mix them into your favorite salad.

Wrap them up!: Instead of using a tortilla, crunchy greens that contain a good amount of water, such as Swiss chard, bok choy, escarole, or romaine make fantastic wraps for a variety of fillings, ranging from roasted eggplant, tomatoes, onion, and garlic to teriyaki chicken with mandarin oranges.

So being creative is just half the fun….the other half is eating your creation! Think outside the box on ways to eat those green leafy vegetables and watch yourself as you get lean!

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Sweet Greens Smoothie

Sweet Greens Smoothie

A refreshing sweet green smoothie that is mild and sweet (but low in sugar), these green vegetables compliment each other in a delicious blend. Don’t let the green color deceive you—green is not mean, and this will become one of your favorite smoothies! 

Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter

1 c water

3 Romaine lettuce leaves

1 stalk celery

1 T chia seeds

2” chunk of cucumber

1 small handful or 1 oz of parsley leaves

1/2 lemon peeled and seeded

1/2 apple, cored

2 T coconut cream or coconut milk

Small knob Ginger (about 1/4 in)

Pinch sea salt

Step By Step Green Smoothie Recipe Directions:

Step 1Place all ingredients in a blender.

Step 2: Blend until smooth

Step 3: Pour your green smoothie into your favorite glass and Enjoy!

Betsy’s Tip: If you want the full flavor of this recipe, do not use a different brand of nut butter. If you do, don’t blame us if your green smoothie is bland and boring.  #TasteTheDifference with Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter!!

Betsy’s Best sweet green smoothie recipe is sure to be a regular in your morning routine. It tastes great and is an amazing way to eat more green veggies.  Enjoy!

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Thai Lettuce Cups with Almond Butter Dipping Sauce

Thai Lettuce Cups with Almond Butter Dipping Sauce

A fun appetizer where you eat the wrapper, these Thai lettuce cups are always a hit at a party! The Betsy’s Best gives it a sweet kick to the savory flavor and all of the spices harmonize together nicely.

Ingredients:

3 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1½ cup walnuts, chopped

½ cup shredded carrot

½ cup shredded red cabbage

½ cup celery, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp fresh ginger root, minced

¼ cup green onion, chopped

2 Tbsp hoisin sauce

1 Tbsp rice vinegar

1 Tbsp sesame oil

1/8 cup chopped cilantro

12 bib lettuce leaves

Step By Step Recipe Directions:

Step 1In a food processor, coarsely chop walnuts.

Step 2: Transfer to large bowl.

Step 3: Add carrots, cabbage, celery, garlic, ginger and onion to bowl and toss to combine.

Step 4: Pulse liquid ingredients and Betsy’s Best in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Step 5: Pour liquid over the nut mixture and stir thoroughly to incorporate.

Step 6: Top with cilantro.

Step 7: Spoon a scoop of the mix in the center of each lettuce leaf.

Step 5: Enjoy your Thai lettuce cups dipped in Betsy’s almond butter sauce!

We hope you loved your Thai lettuce cups. Betsy loves the almond butter dipping sauce so much that she will often pour it on a salad or just eat it with a spoon!

 

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