Green vegetables, especially leafy green vegetables are rich sources of nutrients, not only for your overall health, but also for fertility. Leafy greens are rich in folate, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Spring is a great time to work on increasing your intake of greens, as they start to become available locally at farmers’ markets. Here are some easy ways to incorporate more greens into your diet:
1) Add sautéed greens like kale, chard, or spinach to scrambled eggs or an omelet, frittata, or egg bake.
2) Add greens like kale or chard to soups toward the end of the cooking time, and the greens will take on the flavor of the soup.
3) Add baby kale, chard, and/or spinach to taco meat to boost your intake of greens. Do the same for other meals like enchiladas.
4) Roast Brussels sprouts or broccoli with olive oil and sprinkle with lemon juice and/or sea salt.
5) Add spinach to tomato sauce used for pizza, pasta, zucchini noodles, or spaghetti squash dishes.
6) Sauté mushrooms with garlic and spinach or kale for a nutrient rich side dish.
7) Make arugula pesto by blending arugula with olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and pine nuts or walnuts. Serve on spaghetti squash with white beans or chicken and veggies.
8) Sauté chard, kale, or collard greens with garlic, and make a sauce out of tahini and soy sauce for a savory side.
9) Add some sauerkraut or kimchi to your meal to get your daily dose of probiotics.
10) Make some kale chips. These are so pleasingly crunchy, that it hardly feels like you’re eating a vegetable at all.