Green is gaining a lot of traction these days, and it’s not hard to see why! Thanks to the mesmerizing color, it screams health–in fact, the color green is popping up in everything from recipes to skin care. But, in the kitchen, it can be hard to get some variety; while we love a good smoothie, adding greens into different dishes is a great way to switch things up. Who knew that green produce would be so amazing in pancakes, hummus, or brownies?!
With all of the hype surrounding green produce, why should we eat this vibrant color? First, it makes our food look gorgeous and really photogenic! The intense greens compliment anything you pair it with, and quickly makes the flavors on your plate explode with natural, refreshing goodness. Second, a lot of green foods (such as broccoli and spinach) contain powerful antioxidants that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage. They are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins (B, C, E, and K), and minerals (calcium, magnesium, and potassium), which makes them an ideal candidate to consume for overall health.
We took some of our favorite green recipes and categorized them into breakfast, appetizers, lunch/dinner and desserts. Now get your greens at every meal! So, celebrate green the healthy way with these fabulous dietitian-approved recipes that are sure to leave your mouths watering and wanting more.
Why not include some greens in the most important meal of the day? Eating greens for breakfast doesn’t always have to be a smoothie or a juice. You can still pack in the nutrients with these super delicious & healthy green breakfasts! So give your breakfast a boost with some of our favorite green breakfasts listed below.
1. Green Smoothie Pancakes, Lindsay Livington, RDN
2. Gyros Breakfast Burritos, Judy Barbe, RDN
3. Avocado Deviled Eggs, Triad to Wellness
4. Zucchini Quiche Breakfast Quesadilla, Chelsey Amer, MPH, RDN
It’s tempting to fill up on cheese and crackers but there are so many delicious appetizers and snacks that can be made with greens. Guacamole is a classic but you can also mix greens into traditional appetizers like hummus! We’ve listed some of our favorite green appetizers below, check them out for your next dinner party.
5. Hempy Guacamole, Triad to Wellness
6. Grilled Avocado Stuffed with Grilled Mango Salsa, Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN
7. Edamame Avocado Hummus, Julie Harrington, RDN
8. Chimichurri, Lindsey Pine, RDN
Salads don’t have to be boring. Big bowls of greens do contain lots of beneficial nutrients but it’s the toppings and dressings that count. Toppings that are packed with flavor and nutritional value are the star of the show. So switch it up! Try salads with grilled fruit, different cheeses and homemade dressings. We’ve listed some of our favorite salad recipes below that make eating greens so enjoyable!
9. Chard Salad with Carrots, Beets & Sunflower Seeds, Triad to Wellness
10. Spinach and Grilled Apricot Salad, Triad to Wellness
11. Wilted Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Meri Raffetto, RDN
12. Spinach Salad with Warm Citrus Vinaigrette, Lauren Harris-Pincus, RDN
13. Spring Green Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, Amanda Hernandez, RDN
Lunch & Dinner:
Adding vegetables to a lunch or dinner seems easy. Switch up the recipe and additions with new ways to incorporate greens into your diet. Next time, skip the traditional steamed greens and try one of these delicious green recipes!
14. Easy Creamy Polenta, Shrimp, and Vegetable Bowls, Elizabeth Ward, MS, RDN
15. Green and Goat Cheese Pie with Potato Crust, Danielle Cushing, RDN
16. Creamy Broccoli & Avocado Soup, Triad to Wellness
17. Turkey Cabbage Rolls, Christy Brissette, MS, RDN
Greens for dessert? Who knew! It’s possible and it’s delicious! These make for a tasty after-dinner treat or a nutritious after school snack. Add some nutrition to your favorite sweets and treats. We’ve listed some of our favorite dessert recipes that include greens below.
18. Kiwi Lime Pie in a Jar, Emily Cooper, RDN
19. Avocado Brownies, Katie Pfeffer-Scanlan, RDN