Ways to include more greens into meals

Recently, I’ve been having a craving for veggies, whether as salad or steamed as a mini-meal or side dish. Freshly-caught fish is on the menu most of the time these days. I was a vegan for five years awhile ago, and now when the craving for greens hits, it is relentless – and thankfully, healthy.

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This week, a combo of spinach, broccoli, pak choi, and fresh herbs was on the menu and plate every day; raw and stewed.

Spinach: rich in dietary fiber, iron, Vitamins A, K B2, B6, low in calories

Pak Choi / Bok Choi: nutrient-dense green high in Vitamins A, C

I used to think greens were flavorless and dull, until years ago when I was anemic and compelled to find creative ways to prepare veggies. Then a love for gardening blossomed, and the miracle of watching plants and food grow took over. 

 

Sautéed veggies make a tasty mini-meal that’s packed with nutrients, and green goodness. On the right is a pic from an upgraded Ramen dish, boosted with okras, spinach, curry spices, fresh herbs, and pepper seeds. This came in handy just before rehearsals; helped to open up the voice and provide a meal that’s not too heavy.

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While not cute in any way, spinach soup is delicious, nutritious, and easy to make.

Eating greens on a daily basis came naturally when gardening was an everyday activity, and produce was growing in abundance right outside. Now after an unintentional gardening hiatus, as I prepare to enter a fresh season of growing food in a new location, I have to consciously remind myself to include greens on the shopping list. Eating greens isn’t meant to be a ‘out of sight, out of mind’ kind of thing; it’s good to make them an instinctual element of meals that help nourish the body.

 

Greens can be enjoyed in so many ways: as a

  • juice
  • salad
  • sautéed dish
  • soup
  • part of a meal at the side of a plate
  • wrap for food (pic on the left below)

 

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Hi, I'm Indra, blogging from Barbados. Here you’ll find content tips for the creative, refreshment reminders for everyday life, and beautiful nature views from around the island. Get ready to nurture your gifts and shape a thriving business that aligns with your wellness. I'm a writer, singer and blogger who now mostly works from home, balancing house & yard work with creative career tasks. On a quest to grow more grateful each day. As a teen I almost gave up on life; now as a woman saved by grace, I'm living joyfully with purpose, encouraging the overwhelmed and overworked. This blog was launched when I pressed pause of travelling and being busy on the road and moved to a farm in the countryside, where I started growing food, hiking and fishing. Now, I'm on the west writing, cooking, recording, and creating content daily. Thanks for joining the journey, and remember to follow 'Joy within' blog for firsthand updates on new posts.

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