Start Your Day Off Right with Veggies!

I know this may sound crazy, but it’s hard enough for some of us to get all of our vegetables in within a day, and so why not get 1 or 2 of them out of the way in the morning?  A green drink is a great way to get in lots of fruits and veggies, but there are plenty of other options as well.

One of my favorite breakfasts is putting spinach or other greens in my scrambled eggs, along with some tomatoes and/or peppers.  Sprinkle in a few pieces of cheese toward the end and serve over a slice of bread or toast.  It doesn’t take long to make and it’s a nutritious breakfast.   I made this today.  It was tasty, nutritious, and took less than 10 minutes to throw together. 

I started with beet greens and swiss chard from my garden, sauteed in coconut oil.

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Then I added in some left over sweet potatoes (which I used in place of bread) and sungold tomatoes. The greens had cooked down to almost nothing so I threw in some spinach.

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Local eggs from the farmers' market...

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Stir until the eggs are cooked, and top with cheese if you wish.  

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Another idea for people who drink protein or meal replacement shakes in the morning is to add some spinach.  It has such a mild taste that you can add a handful and not even taste it .

Some people bake healthy muffins for breakfasts on the go - simply add some shredded carrots or zucchini.

If I don’t have time to make my green drink, or to make a breakfast or lunch with vegetables, I just take some sliced cucumbers and peppers with me in the car.  As much as I love my veggies, I don’t necessarily like to sit on the couch and snack on them, but I never mind eating them from a baggie on my way to work.

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You may be thinking that you just don't have time to do any of this, but you have to think about what's important.  I know it's not easy to get up any earlier in the morning, but all you need is an extra 10 minutes in the morning, or at another time of your day.  It's all about priorities.  Some days I really need to vacuum or fold laundry, but making my green drink comes first.  

If you can get creative and think outside the box, you’ll find that it really is easy to eat lots of vegetables every day which is SO important to our overall health.