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January 12, 2012

A quick and easy way to get your greens in. 

The holidays are over and are you back on track? The last six weeks of every year we are running on all cylinders. We are hemorrhaging money on food and gifts, we are sleep deprived, we are going absolutely nuts just in an effort to have the perfect holiday. Our concentration is on others while our own health slowly declines a bit. We do this every 46 weeks.

With winter upon us, we are now stuck inside with the windows shut tight –breathing the same air as our co-workers and family members, who are no doubt either sick, or have been recently.

One of the best ways to combat illness is by adding dark leafy greens to your diet. Those dark leafys are packed with rich sources of minerals (iron/potassium/calcium/magnesium) and vitamins K, E, C and many of the B vitamins as well. Calorie for calorie, the greens are the most concentrated source of any food. They will boost your immune system to help ward off sickness.

Because many greens don’t have much flavor, they can be added (read: hidden) in many foods. Here’s some ideas:

-If you are making burgers, finely dice up greens and throw them in the mix.

-Dice and mix into marinara sauce

-Coarsely chop and mix into chili/soup

-During the last few minutes of cooking a pizza, add chopped greens to the top.

– Blend in a smoothie

One of my favorite ways to integrate greens into my diet is by blending them into homemade hummus. I
make a batch every weekend and nosh on it all week.

Hummus with dark leafy greens

2 14 OZ cans Garbanzo Beans (I like Eden Brand)

1 C vegetable broth (this will vary depending upon how thick you like your hummus)

2 cloves garlic

2 TBS tahini

2-3 TBS Braggs Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)

1 TBS lemon juice

Large handful of dark lettuce leaf greens

To make: Puree beans through lemon juice.  Once smooth, add a handful of dark leafy greens of your choice and blend again just until the greens are incorporated.

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STLVegGirl, Caryn Dugan, is known for dishing up easy to prepare, plant-based meals that your family will love. Follow her, like her, and definitely check out her classes in St. Louis!

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