dark leafy greens

5 Ways to Make Your Greens Gorgeous + 8 Recipes!

You’ve probably heard this a million times: it’s important to eat greens every day. But how many times have you heard that the greens can be the most delicious part of your plate? That’s right; you should be getting a serving of green veggies with every meal, but that doesn’t mean it should be seen as a chore. Dark leafy greens are perfect as they are, but there are a few easy ways to dress them up—so everyone at the table is actually excited to eat them (even the kids)!

Below, I'm sharing some of my best ideas. Then, download a copy of my FREE mini cookbook...

Glamorize Your Greens with: 

  1. Toasted Nuts: From pine nuts to slivered almonds, they add protein and crunch to all of your side dishes. Use any nut you like or have on hand. 
  2. Sweet Raisins: Raisins lend a sweet flavor and chewy texture that make your greens more colorful and palatable. You can also try dried cranberries for a little tartness.
  3. Pops of Lemon: Citrus helps cut down on the bitterness of veggies like dandelion, mustard and arugula greens. Drizzle it on or serve your sides with lemon wedges. 
  4. Sesame Seeds: These are most often used in stir-fries, but I think they look stunning on any vegetable. Or, try black sesame seeds to really make an impression. 
  5. Bold Spices: Spices and seasonings can ramp up the flavor profile, so go on and get creative. I love cumin, coriander and mustard seeds. And sometimes, just sea salt and black pepper is all you need. 

The most important tip is to focus on the presentation of the greens, so they look as good as they make you feel. Are you ready to get cooking?

Gorgeous Greens Cookbook!

I’ve put together a mini cookbook, featuring 8 of my favorite leafy green recipes, that you can easily download and print out. Use it for menu planning during the holidays, easy entertaining or last-minute inspiration for weekday dinners. A few of the highlights: 

  • Sautéed Greens with Pine Nuts and Raisins
  • Gayatri Greens with organic yogurt
  • Swiss Chard Salad with Asian Dressing
  • Sautéed Broccoli with sesame seeds
  • And more!

Download my Gorgeous Greens Cookbook here, and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Crunchy Kale Chips Recipe

When you’re watching TV and looking for something to nosh on, forget the greasy potato chips that just leave your stomach upset. Instead, go for kale chips! If you haven’t tried them yet, they’re thin, crisp bites of green goodness that satisfy your craving for a little crunch. 

Sure, you can find them at the grocery store, but they can get pricy. Plus, making them at home means making them your own. You can season them with nothing more than sea salt, or kick them up with cayenne pepper, black pepper, cumin, curry or any other spice you like. 

The best part about any green is that they contain chlorophyll, which is how plants get energy from the sun. When you eat them, you take on this vibrant energy. Other benefits?

Dark Leafy Greens:

  • Detoxify your body
  • Are a source of fibre, vitmains and minerals
  • Contain antioxidants that eliminate free radicals
  • Can reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease  

So it’s an easy guess that I like to eat greens daily. Some favorites are broccoli, escarole, Swiss chard, collards, dandelion greens, spinach and, of course, kale. 

This recipe is just one way to get a dose of these nutrient-dense power foods into your diet. Your kids will love them, too. Pop them into their lunch boxes for a healthy, satisfying snack! They also make the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. 

Crunchy Kale Chips 

From the Institute for Integrative Nutrition:

Ingredients
1 -2 bunches kale
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F.
  2. Remove the kale leaves from the stalks, leaving them in large pieces.
  3. Pour the oil into a bowl. Dip your fingers into the oil and massage a very light coat over the kale. Season well with salt.
  4. Place the kale on baking sheet in a single layer (cook in batches if necessary) and bake for 5 minutes, or until they start to turn a bit brown. Keep an eye on them, as they can burn quickly!
  5. Flip and bake until both sides are golden and crisp. Remove and cool completely.

Go green and give Kale Chips a try! Your body (taste buds included!) will thank you. Then, let me know what you think in the comments below or join the fun on Instagram