Back in October of last year, I posted my top 7 Tips For Boosting Immunity With Green Smoothies.
Tip #5 was: Get Affordable or FREE Greens at your local Farmer’s Market
I want to talk about this again, as I receive countless emails every month from readers who want to include more fresh organic vegetables and leafy greens into their diet but find the cost a challenge.
To recap on tip #5: Most people ask to have the greens cut off of their beets, turnips, and carrots, etc. at market stalls. Ask your local vendor for any tops they have cut off for other customers. These greens are absolutely loaded with nutrients, and very often you can pick them up for free (they are just going to throw them away) or for a couple of bucks.
Another top tip for getting affordable produce is to make friends with the stall owners, and at the end of the day you can pick up large boxes of surplus produce for a song! This can include leafy greens, as well as other seasonal fruits and veggies. You can then create all kinds of smoothies, juices, salads, and other delicious creations for a fraction of the cost.
A nutrient-dense green smoothie is a quick, easy, delicious way to get your daily dose of greens and other fruits and vegetables in one hit. It is also a fabulous way to help inspire confidence in novice cooks and children. Picking up seasonal produce boxes at the market keeps things interesting and diverse, and expands the family’s gustatory repertoire and experiences.
Eggs are a staple in my house; all of my kids love them. They’re our definition of “Fast Food,” often eaten on nights when my husband has to work late or when I just need a break in the kitchen (after testing other recipes all day, ha!). I often whip up simple frittatas with left over veggies from the fridge, cook them with kale in my “Breakfast in a Jar” fashion, or I just fry them up in some coconut oil.
As I have said before, getting my kids to eat enough protein can be challenging. They love their veggies, but meat is a different story. I am grateful they enjoy eggs so much as I was just reading that, after breast milk, eggs are the most efficient source of protein (i.e. how easily your body can access and use it). No wonder they call them Incredible!
This simple quiche recipe is a standard of mine in the spring while asparagus is fresh and in season. I like to cook it in muffin tins because I often pack them in my oldest son’s lunch and, for some reason, kids enjoy muffin shaped food!
One of my all time favorite dishes to make is a frittata! I love the fact that I can substitute almost any combination of herbs, vegetables, and cheese that I have on hand and it always turns out great. Since asparagus is in season and readily available in my crisper drawer right now I decided that I had to try a variation of my frittata including our favorite springtime veggie.
You may not be new to making frittatas, but here are a few tricks that I have learned along the way that have helped me to master the art of the frittata:
I’m all for fruits and veggies. I eat lots of them everyday, and I give them to my kids for snacks after school or when they get the between-meal munchies. Snacking can be an ideal way to boost your overall nutrition if you’re making healthy choices.
But what do you serve when you have friends stop by for tea? What can you make to celebrate the little victories of life; to turn the everyday into a special day?