My favourite of all the colours.
Actually, it was my grandmother’s favourite, too. And it also happens to be the colour of my birthstone, and of my favourite types of foods!
Cruciferous, crunchy, flavourful, high in fibre and healthy fats. Just give me #ALLTHEGREENS, please!
It’s mid March, daylight savings time was this weekend, and new year’s resolutions feel like they were set ages ago.
Getting more steps in, nurturing friendships, drinking more water… whatever the resolution, I hope by now, it isn’t long gone for you.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions is, and always will be, to eat more greens.
I truly believe that one of the keys to fighting cancer lies within. And the more variety of greens you weave into your diet, the better.
As a kid, my parents never really had any trouble getting me to eat my veggies. I basically ate (re: inhaled) everything in sight. I was one hungry hippo!
Today, not much has changed. Except, now my body c r a v e s the greens. It’s weird — I can’t seem to have any meal without either the main, or at least a side, being green. Occasionally I’m even sneaking them into my morning smoothies, too!
But today I want to share a simple, yet beautiful, way of getting more greens into our diets. A department I’m sure we can all use help in.
Cue, The NEW Green Goddess Bowl.
She’s beautiful, bountiful, bodacious, and loaded with health benefits. And what makes her “new”, you ask?
A quicker way to prepare this meal, using ingredients that are pre cut, packaged, and ready to serve.
Have you spotted the #zoodles in this bowl? Here’s a secret, I didn’t spiralize them myself. I had a little help from President’s Choice. They sell them pre-spiralized, and ready to go! Which, if you ask me, leaves us with no excuse not to stick to our NY rezzies.
Let’s break down some of the health benefits of this bowl, shall we?
Here’s a fun fact: every plant on earth contains protein. Here’s an even more fun fact: plant-based protein comes with zero cholesterol. Can we say, win-win?
Some of the higher sources of protein in this Green Goddess Bowl are pumpkin seeds, containing 19g per 100g serving. That’s nearly 20% protein… pumpkin seeds FTW!
Peas are also a good source of protein!
Pumpkin seeds are a big win in this department, too! 18g of fibre per 100g serving. It’s why I always love tossing them on top salads, oatmeal bowls, or even eating them by the handful. Okra is another great source of fibre, as is broccoli and most other cruciferous greens.
The healthy fats.
We all love avocados, right? RIGHT?!
When people ask me my trick to not letting them brown, my answer is that I never have half an avocado leftover! >_< No leftovers, means no browning, lol! But seriously, we go through them pretty quickly in our house. One, because we both love guacamole, and two, because they’re SO, so, so good for us, on so many levels.
Great hair, strong nails, clear skin, healthy guts, lower cholesterol, lower risk for heart disease… Avocados really are a superfood, so naturally, we like to load up!
The other (equally important) nutrients.
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin B
All of these glorious nutrients (and more) are found in the greens in this bowl. It’s no wonder I’ve dubbed it the Green God/Goddess Bowl. It will leave your insides glowing, and your digestive tract will thank you later.
There’s always a but…
If you’re one of those folks who just don’t vibe with greens, (I can’t say I relate, but) I got you covered. There’s always a salad’s best friend; the dressing!
For this glorious bowl of greens, I made a simple dressing out of:
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- The juice of one lime
- Salt & pepper
I love the crunch of pumpkin seeds, okra, and raw vegetables mixed with the chewiness of the sauteed broccoli and asparagus. I find that heating veggies up on stovetop with olive oil, always pulls the flavours out really nicely. And you can’t not feel good about eating this!
So, even though Spring and Easter are around the corner, New Year’s Resolutions stand strong! Eating greens shouldn’t feel like a chore, especially not when they look this, damn, good. Am I right?!
What are your favourite greens to add to your bowls?
Nick Joly | Inspired by Nick