We all know that green vegetables are extremely nutritious, but they don’t usually taste good. It’s hard to get excited about eating green things, especially when they’ve gotten such a bad wrap for their often-lackluster flavor. Your body deserves the best, and in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re here to show you how you can eat healthy, green things and actually enjoy them! Read on to discover some of our favorite recipes and tricks to making green vegetables taste good! Before you know it, you’ll be looking forward to eating (and enjoying) your next serving of green veggies!
1 — Green Smoothies
We’ve all seen these crazy concoctions, but have you ever mustered up the courage to try one? You may be surprised to find out that they are absolutely delicious. Green smoothies are one of the easiest and most effective ways to sneak leafy greens into a meal. Sometimes, adding greens to a smoothie can taste like your literally drinking a salad, but here are a few tips to makes sure yours are scrumptious.
- Add naturally sweet fruits like strawberries, mango, pineapple and banana to help sweeten things up a bit.
- Use fresh avocado to get a nice creamy texture.
- Use a natural fruit juice like orange or apple as your liquid base. This will help give it a great flavor and also help the blending process.
Check out these 9 Green Smoothie Recipes You’ll Actually Enjoy Drinking from Greatist for some more ideas to help make you a green smoothie-making expert!
2 — Baked Zucchini Fries
Next time you find yourself craving French fries, consider going for this healthy alternative. Zucchini slices are coated in an egg, breadcrumb and Parmesan cheese mixture to make this simple dish extra flavorful. Check out the full recipe from AllRecipes.
3 — Bacon Green Bean Bundles
When in doubt, put some bacon on it! Ordinary green beans become extraordinary and positively delicious when they’re wrapped in crispy bacon and glazed with buttery brown sugar. Check out the full recipe from Five Heart Home here.
4 — Spinach Pancakes
We agree that these look pretty crazy, but hear us out! If it weren’t for their crazy color, you’d honestly have no idea that there is a heaping serving of spinach in these tasty pancakes. Pro tip: You can make these ahead and freeze them to have breakfast for the entire week! Trust us on this one; check out the full recipe from Living Well Kitchen here.
5 — Mint Chocolate Chip Pea Pops
We love a sweet treat, especially when it’s healthy! Adding peas (yes, peas) to these popsicles add a fun green color and loads of nutrition to this mint chocolate chip dessert. The chocolate chips pair perfectly with the fresh mint and you’d honestly never know the peas are there aside from the color! Try this one out for yourself. Check out the recipe from Happy Healthy Mama here.