We are about three weeks into 2017, and whether you made a "new year new you" resolution or simply vowed to live a healthier, more balanced life—these commitments might be slipping away. A surefire way to feel good throughout the day is to EAT YOUR GREENS! This might be cliché, but the facts are simple: Start incorporating small health-minded acts into your daily routine, begin to feel good, and slowly add more... and more... and more (until you're a green juice no-sugar-added fiend, right?!). This slow and steady tip also rings true for starting an exercise regime again. Start going to one yoga class throughout the week, and you just might start to feel confident and energized enough to add more. Right now, we are talking about greens in our diet specifically because these leaves can provide some life-changing health benefits, and to debunk the myth that it's too challenging or expensive.
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- STOCK UP. If you're buying fresh produce, opt for the freshest you can find (tip: reach to the back of the shelf in the grocery store, it's where they stock the newest stuff!) or head to the farmer's market. Completely fresh is better than pre-packaged because it'll last triple the amount of time—i.e. no waste. When you take it home: chop it up, de-stem your kale or chard, and place in a plastic bag with paper towels to help soak up liquid that makes it go bad. Another option is to buy frozen, organic greens, which are really good for smoothies and most cost effective.
- SNEAK INTO SMOOTHIES. If you're a long-time fan of LEAF, you're probably a smoothie drinker (if not, check out these amazing recipes). We recommend starting to add spinach into your smoothies first, because it's the most mild in flavor. You can add it into a peanut butter cacao smoothie and not even taste it! But guess what? Serving of greens: DONE!
- ADD TO STIR FRY. Even if you're not a big fan of the way these greens taste, you can mask it in most dishes. Add it into stir fry dishes with soy sauce, peanut sauce, etc. Add it into pasta dishes with pesto or tomato sauce. We're confident that your palette will start to open up to these "green flavors," but until then: no excuses!
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