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Get Your Greens With Blended Salads
By: Mark Idzik
One of the many questions I receive is along the lines of... "it's hard for me to get more greens in my diet, how can I do it?"
The short answer is, it couldn't be easier... if you want to. Making your salad the main dish for dinner is a great start... and then start experimenting with different greens. There's an abundance of green leafy vegetables that you can make into dozens of salads, burritos, wraps and many more.
Here's a favorite that's quick, easy and a great way to increase greens in your diet.
One of the benefits of blended salads is that you can get a large amount of greens into a meal.. and you can be creative with what you add to the mix. Here's one of my favorite recipes:
(serves 1-2 ... adjust accordingly)
Add all ingredients except green onions, red peppers, sun dried tomatoes and avocado into a blender or food processor and blend until you get a smooth consistency. I recommend adding a little at a time and saving the sun dried tomatoes until the end and blend partially to leave small chunks. Top with chopped avocado, green onions, pumpkin seeds, and sprouts and you have a super green meal! You can be creative and make any combination you'd like... toppings, different greens, vegetables, seeds... make a different one every time and have fun!
- 3-4 Kale leaves
- 5-6 Romaine Lettuce leaves
- 2 Roma Tomatoes
- 1/4-1/2 Cucumber
- 2-3 Green Onions
- Handful of fresh Cilantro
- 1/2 Avocado
- Handful Sun Dried Tomatoes
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 Red Pepper
- Sprouts (alfalfa, brocolli, etc)
- Sprouted Pumkin Seeds
Mark Idzik is a natural health advocate and helps others learn and succeed in the raw food lifestyle. You can get free raw food tips, recipes and resources at his blog at VeganRawDiet.com