The on the go lifestyle of college students does not lend itself to a healthy diet. While grab-and-go meals are quick, they often have very little nutritional value. Incorporating more vegetables into your meals will keep you full and healthy. Green veggies are perhaps some of the most healthy vegetables out there. Try these tips for eating more greens.
- Smoothies: Blending green, leafy vegetables with fruit in the morning is an easy way to start on a healthy track. The best way to create a habit of drinking smoothies is to keep them simple. Forget about the Instagram blogger loaded smoothies. All you need is a milk or milk alternative, a couple handfuls of spinach, a banana, and some frozen fruit (like a berry mix). While you can use other types of greens like kale, spinach has a mild flavor that is very easy to mask with fruit.
- Pasta dishes: When cooked, leafy greens wilt down and can be mixed with pasta and sauce. Chop a couple cups of kale or spinach, cook with garlic and oil, mix in a red sauce, and toss with whole wheat pasta for a healthier bowl of spaghetti.
- Tacos: Everyone loves taco night! For a significant nutritional boost, add spinach or arugula! If you’re wary of changing the taste of your tacos, use spinach because it has a mild flavor. If you’re looking for something with a strong, peppery flavor, try arugula.
- Mac and Cheese: It’s easy to dress up traditional mac and cheese by adding veggies. After the mac and cheese are done, you can stir in steamed broccoli to add some texture and color to the dish. You can also toss in a frozen mixed veggies bag.
- Breakfast burritos: These aren’t nearly as complicated as they look! Start with scrambled eggs and a warm tortilla. Then add whatever greens and topping you’d like. Arugula, surprisingly, is delicious with hot sauce, some tomato, and eggs.