Getting your 5 serves of vegetables a day can be tricky, which is why adding them to breakfast is a really great option!
Our favourite greens to add to breakfasts include: kale, spinach, apple, kiwi fruit, matcha (green tea powder), mint, asparagus, avocado and spirulina.
These foods are packed full of nutrients that will not only give you an extra boost at breakfast time, they will help to fight off colds thanks to their Vitamin A and C content plus they’re full of fibre to ensure your digestion works properly.
Need some ideas? Here are our top 5 easy ways to introduce greens into your breakfast.
Whip Up a Frittata
Here’s a really simple breakfast hack to not only get loads of protein into your body (via the eggs) but lots of yummy veggies. All you need to do is to whip up 12 eggs with a little milk, salt and pepper in a bowl. Fry off some green veggies in a pan with a little oil (we love spinach, asparagus and zucchini). Then add the cooked veggies to a baking tray and pour the egg mix over the top. Pop in the oven at 180 for around 30mins (time can vary depending on size and shape of baking tray). Make enough for the week then you have an easy breakfast packed full of nutrition. Heat and eat!
You’re probably well aware of the Green Smoothie trend, but it’s for good reason. They are easy to prepare and really delicious. Our favourite greens to add to a smoothie are baby spinach for its subtle flavor, avocado for its creaminess and spirulina for an extra punch of goodness. Simply blend these ingredients with your favourite fruit, some milk (nut or dairy), chia seeds and protein. Easy
Breakfast Fry Up
This is a great one to do on the weekend when you have some left over veggies from a BBQ or roast dinner the night before. Add your roast/bbq veggies to a pan (think potato, pumpkin, corn, zucchini, eggplant, onion) with a little oil then throw in some broccoli florets and a few handfuls of spinach or kale. Once the veggies are heated through, crack over a couple of eggs. We love adding a bit of hot sauce when serving to add a bit of kick!
A super yummy treat you won’t even realize how much greens you’re consuming, making them great for the kids! Simply grate 3 cups of your favourite greens, chop up 1 cup of leafy herbs and combine with a little cheese, 2 – 3 eggs and some almond meal or flour to bind. Shape into fritters and shallow fry until golden. Our favourite combination is zucchini, coriander and brussel sprouts!
Green Fruit Salad
If a sweet breakfast is more your thing, why not build a green fruit salad? Add kiwi fruit, grapes, avocado, apple and mint to a bowl and spoon on a dollop of Greek or coconut yogurt. If you’re feeling creative, whip up a dressing of tahini, cinnamon and lime juice to drizzle over the top. For extra crunch, sprinkle over a seed mix or a little granola.
For more ideas check out Chief Active’s 50 Ways to Add More Greens To Your Diet
Author: Kate Campbell
Kate is a co-founder of health and fitness site Chief Active and is passionate about delivering an honest and authentic approach to wellness. She loves that her business brings together a community of beautiful people and works to educate and inspire them to be the healthiest and happiest versions of themselves. She’s obsessed with smoothie bowls, puppies and peanut butter and sees the world as being full of endless possibilities. Find out how to be the best version of you here