Although, we can’t volunteer outside during Earth Month this year, there are many ways to make a positive shift in our lives for ourselves and the planet while staying home. Moving into Spring many of us are looking to incorporate some green foods into our diets that make us feel, and perform our best. No better time than while we are spending more time at home to try out new recipes!

Making major diet shifts can be daunting, expensive, and time consuming; but making small changes such as incorporating more greens into our diets gives our bodies the vitamins and nutrients it needs, and supports efforts towards environmental sustainability. Below I have highlighted 10 simple ways to get more greens in your day using just a few ingredients. 

  1. Sneak mild greens such as kale or spinach in your morning smoothie and pair with berries and a big scoop of almond butter
  2. Throw mushrooms, bell peppers, and spinach into your daily morning omelet 
  3. Roast a bunch of veggies on Sunday such as zucchini, carrots, eggplant, or peppers to incorporate into a hearty salad during the week
  4. Substitute pasta for spaghetti squash or zoodle in your next dish
  5. Dip carrots, bell peppers, or snap peas in your hummus or guacamole 
  6. Shred zucchini or carrots for muffins and bread to add extra moisture and texture 
  7. Craving a crunch? Swap the potato for kale chips
  8. Swap out the turkey sandwich for a veggie wrap during the busy work week. Fill with hummus, lettuce, shredded carrots, bell peppers, fresh cilantro, and sliced avocado
  9. Keep your favorite greens on hand to elevate dishes you would typically add meat too such as pizza, soup, and tacos. 
  10. If you’re feeling adventurous try the impossible burger the next time you’re picking food up from a local restaurant, and top with lettuce, caramelized onions, and avocado. 

We are all trying to do the best we can for ourselves, our loved ones, and the planet. While large actions are important, never underestimate the impacts we can have in our own lives through small steps, and encouraging others around us.