Yesterday (St. Patricks’ Day!) Kristy, one of our hygienists, told us about a challenge from one of her friends to eat something GREEN at every meal. “Too many of us fill our meals with quick convenience but miss out on vital nutrients found in fruits and vegetables”, said Kristy. So, Dr. Kitzmiller’s team brainstormed at lunch and came up with some ideas to get “green” into every meal…even breakfast!
Breakfast – Try making a smoothie with low-fat vanilla Greek Yogurt, low-fat dairy milk or almond milk, a handful of baby kale, and some peeled kiwi fruit slices. Blend and serve. For added protein, add a scoop of vanilla protein powder before blending. Denise has trouble “sneaking” greens into her young children’s meals so we suggested she make these for them and call it “The Incredible Hulk” milkshake!
If you are making scrambled eggs, add sauteed spinach, or a spoonful of leftover veggies from the night before (broccoli, peppers, etc) and heat before serving.
Lunch – It’s almost springtime! There’s nothing more refreshing than a salad made with baby spinach, strawberries, feta or goat cheese, strips of chicken or turkey, and dressed with a low-fat balsamic dressing.
Dinner – Pair your favorite lean protein (chicken, turkey, pork or seafood) with a bright green veggie, like broccoli, green beans, brussels sprouts or salad. Lori found a new product at Kroger this week called “Kalettes” – a brand new vegetable “blooming with the best flavors of Kale and Brussels Sprouts”! She prepared it like you would broccoli, microwave briefly to soften, then finish by sauteing in the skillet with a little bit of olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
So don’t be afraid to accept the challenge to “Go Green” at every meal!