The Beyond Keto lifestyle is all about anti-inflammatory, healthy foods that support gut health, brain health, and immune health. Unsurprisingly, it includes a lot of greens! In fact, when you eat more green within Beyond Keto, you’ll encourage full body health every day.
However, sometimes it can seem challenging to eat more greens. If it were easy, we’d all get enough each day. Here are 7 hacks that will make it so easy for you, you’ll always get enough! Try our 7 Hacks to Eat More Greens this Spring!
No matter what type of diet you follow, many of the healthiest foods you eat will be greens.
In fact, when you eat green vegetables, your body receives many health benefits benefits including (1):
Convinced? Yes, indeed. Now, learn how to get enough greens every day.
First, get to know the best vegetables for a Beyond Keto lifestyle. Here’s a list of low-carb veggies:
How can you add more?
Divine Health has created an amazing powder to help Beyond Keto eaters to obtain the vegetables they need, in the most nourishing form.
Fermented vegetables have been exposed to yeast or bacteria, or fermenters. These fermenters eat natural sugars and starches in the food, thereby changing it.
In healthy individuals, fermented foods fortify the digestive tract with more healthy bacteria. This can crowd-out and starve unhealthy bacteria and yeasts (4). What’s more, by protecting gut health, they can even reduce the toxicity and build-up of heavy metals in the body (5).
Fermented vegetables also improve immune function, dental health, promote weight loss and improve skin condition.
If you’re going to add greens each day, don’t wait until dinner. Instead, start with breakfast. Try a quick spinach and egg omelet, avocados on Keto toast, greens in your smoothie, and/or warm green tea. Don’t let the day get away without adding greens from the start!
Since avocados offer many vegetable-like nutrients AND healthy fats, they are perfect for Beyond Keto.
What’s more, avocados are extremely versatile and flavorful. They can take an otherwise bland meal to the next level.
And, if you’ve gone dairy-free and miss cheese, add avocados to dishes. The rich, delicious avocado flavor will help you forget about any dairy you used to have.
If you normally eat small snacks between meals, choose greens! Some favorite snacks include:
Choose snacks that serve and purpose and fortify your body. Don’t let your snacks be a waste.
Take advantage of spring and summer, and grow your own greens. In fact, keeping a garden (even a container garden) provides many health benefits. Amazingly, just spending time outside and putting your hands in soil promotes healthy moods, brain function, sleep, energy, and more (6).
In addition, you’re likely to eat more when you’ve grown them yourself.
If you take time to realize just want chlorophyll can do for your body, you may be motivated to eat more.
Chlorophyll is the lifeblood of plants. When consumed by humans, it’s one of the best energizing foods. Similar to hemoglobin, chlorophyll carries nutrients in the blood. However, it doesn’t carry iron. It carries another energizing mineral, magnesium (7). Magnesium supports the production of energy throughout the body as well as healthy sleep cycles.
Furthermore, chlorophyll helps alkalize the body and urine pH. This supports liver function and helps the body remove toxins like metals, pesticides, and more.
If you’re in the habit of making delicious Beyond Keto Smoothies, make sure to add a cup of greens or herbs. You won’t likely notice them, and they add a nutrition punch to a food/drink that would otherwise not contain them.
Try adding spinach, green mixes, basil, arugula, and more.
“Green smoothies” are a refreshing, detoxifying, energizing, satisfying, gut-improving meal. One of our favorites: Energizing Basil Smoothie!
You can pack a lot of healthful green vegetables in a pureed soup. These vegetables are easy-to-digest since they are cooked and pureed. What’s more, when made with healthy fats, they are a great Beyond Keto choice.
You know the drill: Cauliflower mashed potatoes, rice, and pizza crust. Zucchini noodles. Lettuce wraps for tacos and burgers. While these choices may be a bit cliche’ within low-carb eating, they are delicious and effective.
Not only do they help you omit harmful inflammatory carbs they pack a nourishing punch. You’d never get this from a taco shell, white rice, or pizza crust.
Green tea is a wonderfully nourishing drink. It packs so many nutrients, it can affect your brain, metabolism, and every cell in your body.
The main catechin and nutrient is green tea is called Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). It is responsible for most of the health benefits, of which there are many (8). They include:
Initially, green tea’s benefits were attributed to caffeine. But recent studies have shown these effects in caffeinated and decaffeinated green tea (there’s actually little caffeine in green tea to begin with). The studies have used both green tea “extract” as a concentrated form of antioxidants and regular, brewed green tea.
Add green tea to your day to drink and eat more greens!
The benefits of fermented vegetables, grasses and greens are far-reaching. Your body needs more. Use our 10 Hacks to Eat More Greens this Spring. You’ve got nothing to lose, and many, many health benefits to gain.