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21 Surprisingly Delicious Ways to Add More Greens to Your Diet

Full of flavor and nutrition — with these simple recipes, never eat bland greens again!

By: Lexy Parsons

Gone are the days of boring salads, flavorless veggies, and dreaded green juices or smoothies. Loading up on greens can (and should) be a delicious, enjoyable experience! From spinach and kale to avocado and grapes, there are endless combos of flavorful green recipes waiting to be conjured up. Yet, according to the CDC, only 1 in 10 Americans eat enough fruit and veggies daily. If you’re neglecting your greens for lack of time, energy, or motivation, that’s about to change! Ahead, we’re sharing how to add more greens to your diet with 21 easy-prep ideas that you and your whole family will love.

The Health Benefits of Green Fruits & Veggies 

Your Mom always told you to eat your greens… and clearly, Mom knows best. As it turns out, simply loading up your diet with green fruits and veggies can significantly improve your health. They’re jam-packed with nutrients (such as antioxidants, flavonoids, magnesium, calcium, iron, and Vitamins A, C, K) and are an essential part of a healthy diet!

Here are some of the science-backed reasons as to why you should fill your diet with these superfoods. 

Green fruits and veggies can:

  • Lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Reduce the risk for obesity and heart disease 
  • Support immune function
  • Improve gut health and digestion
  • Aid weight loss and support weight management
  • Boost metabolism 

Green fruits include: green apples, green grapes, limes, kiwi, green pears, honeydew melon, avocado

Green veggies include: spinach, kale, broccoli, asparagus, peas, lettuce, bok choy, arugula, collard greens, artichokes, cucumber, zucchini

21 Delicious Ways to Add More Greens to Your Diet 

#1 Turn Kiwis Into Cute Chocolate-Covered Fruit Pops 

Let’s be honest — you can never go wrong with chocolate-dipped fruit. And while strawberries are a delicious choice, we’re giving this recipe a green twist with the sweet addition of kiwi! Aside from being low in calories and full of fiber, just one 3.5-ounce serving contains nearly 85% of your daily Vitamin C needs!

Try Julianne Hough’s Easy Kiwi Dips recipe. Rest assured, this easy-prep dessert is equally nutritious and delicious!

Easy Kiwi Dips

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 kiwi, sliced
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • shredded coconut, to serve (optional)

Directions:

Step #1: Slice kiwis into ½ inch thick rounds (Option to keep the skin on for added fiber and nutrients)

Step #2: Place the kiwi slices on a plate lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer.

Step #3: While the kiwis are in the freezer, melt the chocolate stovetop with coconut oil using a double boiler.

Step #4: Remove from heat when completely melted and allow to cool slightly.

Step #5: Take kiwi slices out of the freezer and dip them halfway into the melted chocolate.

Step #6: Sprinkle with shredded coconut if using.

Step #7: Place back onto parchment paper and back into the freezer for 15-30 minutes and serve.

#2 Bake Your Dark Leafy Greens Into Chips

Step aside store-bought chips — we’re satisfying our savory, salty cravings with something green! Made with just 3 simple ingredients, turn your favorite leafy greens into a nutrient-dense snack with ease. All you need is a bit of oil, a bunch of hearty greens (such as kale or collard greens), and any spices or seasoning of your choosing. 

Here’s how to make a no-fuss two-step recipe that comes together in minutes!

Step #1: Gather your ingredients. You’ll need one bunch of kale (chopped and destemmed), 1 tablespoon of avocado or coconut oil, and a sprinkle of your favorite seasonings such as salt, pepper, and turmeric. 

Step #2: Bake Your Chips. Simply mix all of your ingredients in a large mixing bowl until the greens are well coated. Add to a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees F until your chips are lightly golden and perfectly crispy!

#3 Blend Spinach Into Your Baked Goods & Pancakes

Want to sneak greens into your favorite baked goods without changing the flavor or taste? You’re in luck — all you have to do is add spinach! Thanks to its neutral taste and thin consistency, spinach is one of the easiest ways to sneak greens into nearly any bread, muffin, or pancake recipe.  

Give this a try with baked goods such as banana bread or pancakes — all you have to do is blend 1-2 cups of spinach into your liquid or wet ingredients. Then, follow the instructions as normal. And for all you parents — this is picky-eater approved! Your kiddos will love the colorful addition to their plate without noticing a change in taste.

#4 Make a Chocolate Avocado Pudding

This rich, decadent dessert is low in sugar, full of heart-healthy fats, and thanks to avocado, you’ll get the added benefit of sneaky greens! 

To create this creamy delight, try this simple recipe:

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • Flesh of 2 ripe avocados
  • 2-4 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder, unsweetened 
  • 2-4 tbsp maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup full-fat non-dairy milk (such as cashew, coconut, oat, or almond milk)
  • Dash of sea salt

Directions:

Step #1: Add all of the above ingredients into a high-speed blender or food processor, scraping down the sides as needed. If consistency is too thick add more liquid to blend

Step #2: Taste test and adjust ingredients as needed, adding any additional cocoa powder or sweetener. Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve chilled or enjoy immediately! 

#5 Turn Your Zucchini Into Zoodles

Looking for a low-carb, low-cal pasta alternative? Turn your zucchinis into veggie noodles! Low in sugar and full of carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium vitamin, and fiber, this water-rich veggie makes a perfect addition to any eating plan. And for 20 calories per cup, they’re surprisingly filling!

Use a spiralizer to turn them into noodles, and then use them as you would pasta in any recipe. Mix them with a fresh tomato basil sauce, smother them with zesty pesto, add them to a veggie soup, or enjoy them with sauteed garlic and olive oil!

#6 Chop Them Into a Green Veggie Soup

Loaded veggie soups are an easy way to sneak in a variety of green veggies. And if you’re not super savvy in the kitchen, you’ll be happy to know veggie soup recipes are easy to prep — honestly, there’s really no need to measure! Simply chop up your favorite green veggies of choice, such as zucchini, spinach, kale, parsley, cilantro, and asparagus. Combine them with veggie or bone broth and sauteed onion and garlic. Toss in your favorite spices with the optional addition of protein (such as shredded chicken). Simmer over the stovetop, and voila! A no-fail nutrient-dense recipe full of greens.

#7 Blend Up a Creamy Avocado Thick-Shake

Thanks to the D’Amelio Family, have your dessert and enjoy it guilt-free. This easy-prep recipe gets its thickness from creamy, low sugar avocado and its sweetness from Medjool dates. All you need is five simple ingredients! 

Give this Healthy Chocolate Thick-Shake recipe a try — it will satisfy all your milkshake cravings in a healthy, delicious way! 

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups oat milk
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 3 Medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ avocado, ripe
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 cup ice (or frozen non-dairy milk for a creamier shake)

Directions:

Step #1: Add your liquid base to the blender, then add the remaining ingredients.

Step #2: Blend until smooth. Taste test and adjust to your liking, adding more cacao, liquid, or dates as desired.

Step #3: Serve immediately and enjoy!

#8 Roast Your Green Veggies With a Simple Seasoning

A simple sheet pan veggie roast is surprisingly delicious for such an easy recipe! Simply preheat your oven to 425 degrees F, roughly chop your favorite green veggies of choice (such as broccoli, Brussel sprouts, zucchini, and asparagus) and let the oven work its magic. Combine it all on a sheet pan with a drizzle of avocado oil and any additional seasoning. 

Of course, you can give it an extra pop of color with veggies like butternut squash, carrots, and potatoes. Here are some ideas to inspire your tray! 

#9 Juice Them Into an Energizing Beverage

Is your energy taking a hit? Skip the afternoon coffee for an energizing green juice! This FitOn PRO Cleansing Green Juice is full of fatigue-fighting greens that will give you a much-needed boost.

Ingredients:

  • 5 celery stalks
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp ginger, peeled
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 tsp lime, fresh squeezed (optional)
  • ½ green apple (optional)

Directions:

Step #1: ​​Place all of the ingredients into a juicer or blender. Blend to combine. Enjoy!

#10 Make a Loaded Sweet Potato Avocado Toast 

Swap your traditional avocado toast for a veggie-topped sweet potato toast! Enjoy it as a quick and easy meal or snack, any time of the day. Simply toast up a slice of sweet potato and stack it high with mashed avocado, arugula, sprouts, and cilantro. For an extra crunch (and an additional pop of green) add a sprinkle of protein-rich pumpkin and hemp seeds! 

RELATED: 15 Healthy Toast Ideas That Are Perfect For Breakfast

#11 Freeze Green Grapes Into A Simple Sweet Snack

If you’ve never had frozen green grapes… your life is about to change. They taste like sweet and sour candy, yet they’re healthy and delicious. Best of all, they require no prep time or fancy ingredients. All you have to do is freeze them! Enjoy them as a sweet, refreshing snack or low-cal dessert.

#12 Blend Up a Green Smoothie Bowl

Whether it’s a chocolate, tropical, or berry-licious smoothie bowl, adding green veggies to your blend is a simple way to pack a nutrient-dense punch. 

Here are some yummy combos to try:

  • Berries + kale + oat milk + chia seeds + almond butter
  • Pineapple + ginger + spinach + lemon + banana + coconut water
  • Spinach + banana + peanut butter + cocoa powder + almond milk 

#13 Give Your Pesto a Green Boost

We’re giving this already green FitOn PRO Vegan Cashew Pesto an additional veggie boost with the addition of spinach! Made with a handful of simple ingredients like cashews, basil, olive oil, and lemon, this is a tasty and easy way to load up on veggies without skimping on flavor. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup baby spinach 
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • ½ tbsp water

Directions:

Step #1: Combine the cashews, spinach, and basil leaves in a food processor. Process until the nuts are well ground and the basil is well incorporated.

Step #2: Add the lemon juice, olive oil and season with salt and pepper. With the motor running, pour in the water. The pesto should be smooth and creamy.

Step #3: Place in a bowl or jar and refrigerate after use.

#14 Make Green Fruit Kabobs

A simple sweet snack that comes together in minutes. Simply chop up your favorite green fruits (like apples, kiwi, melon) and add them to a skewer. Serve with a side of Greek yogurt or a handful of nuts for a yummy low-cal snack. You can even add a drizzle of chocolate!

#15 Toss Green Veggies Into a Breakfast Scramble 

Zucchini, green pepper, spinach, and kale are the perfect nutrient-dense additions to any egg-sellent breakfast! They are low in carbs and calories and rich in nutrients like vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. Toss them into your morning scramble for a light and filling meal!

#16 Add them Into Easy-Prep Egg Muffins

And if you want an egg recipe that’s meal prep friendly, try these easy-prep egg muffins! Load them up with your favorite green veggies and enjoy them as a quick on-the-go snack.

Serves: 12

Ingredients:

  • 12 large eggs (or half eggs, half egg whites)
  • ½ cup chopped kale 
  • ½ cup zucchini
  • ¼ red or yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 1 diced tomato 
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh herbs (parsley, cilantro, basil)
  • 1 pinch of sea salt & pepper 
  • Coconut oil for greasing

Directions:

Step #1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil. 

Step #2: Add the eggs to a large mixing bowl and whisk. Whisk in the other ingredients. 

Step #3: Pour the egg mixture into the muffin tins and bake for about 20 minutes or until cooked. Enjoy!

#17 Make a Sweet & Savory Green Salad

Wondering how to add more greens to your diet? Throw together a sweet and savory salad! Green fruits and veggies like green apple, spinach, arugula, romaine, and avocado make a yummy combo that is full of good-for-you nutrients and ultra filling. For a balanced meal, top it with protein like salmon, chicken, or chickpeas! Serve with any additional fixings like nuts, seeds, and additional fruits or veggies. Drizzle with a light balsamic or olive oil dressing and enjoy!

RELATED: Delicious Protein-Packed Salads That Will Actually Fill You Up 

#18 Add Broccoli to Your Favorite Pasta Dish 

Give pasta night a green boost by sneaking in a serving of broccoli. You can sneak it into a variety of pasta dishes, such as Lemon Garlic Penne, Pesto Pesto, and Pasta with Tomato Sauce! Our personal favorite? This creamy and delicious D’Amelio Family Healthy Mac & Cheese recipe features a cheese-less cashew sauce. Yum!

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups cashews, soaked
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp dijon mustard
  • sea salt & black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup filtered water
  • 8 oz pasta of choice
  • 1 cup broccoli floret, sliced (optional)
  • breadcrumbs (optional)

Directions:

Step #1: Soak cashews in 3-4 cups of water (until fully covered) or overnight. Once soaked, drain cashews and add to a high-speed blender.

Step #2: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step #3: Prepare the pasta according to the package instructions.

Step #4: While the pasta is cooking, prepare the broccoli. Over medium heat, add a drizzle of oil to a large pan. Add the broccoli and toss until lightly browned for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step #5: Once pasta is finished cooking, drain and rinse. Return to pan and set aside.

Step #6: Next, add the remaining cashew cheese ingredients (garlic, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, non-dairy milk, paprika, turmeric, mustard, salt, and pepper) to your blender, leaving out the water.

Step #7: Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Add 1/4 cup of water and blend again. If the mixture is too thick, add 1-2 tablespoons of water at a time, as needed to thin.

Step #8: Combine broccoli, pasta, and cashew cheese sauce together in a baking dish and stir until well combined. Option to sprinkle with breadcrumbs of choice.

Step #9: Bake for 15-20 minutes, checking at 10-15 minutes to ensure the breadcrumbs haven’t burned. If needed, place tin foil over the top.

Step #10: Once done, remove from the oven and let cool. Serve warm and enjoy!

#19 Whip Up a Green Goddess Buddha Bowl 

Make a veggie-rich Buddha Bowl with just a few simple ingredients! Use brown rice or quinoa as your base and top with roasted sweet potato cubes, dark leafy greens, pumpkin seeds, and a drizzle of your favorite healthy salad dressing. 

#20 Make a Low-Carb Wrap or Sandwich

For a low-carb lunch or snack, use green veggies as the base for your favorite sandwich or wrap! Make a loaded wrap using collard greens instead of tortillas, use green bell pepper as a replacement for sandwich bread, or scoop your tuna, chicken, or chickpea salad onto cucumbers instead of chips!

#21 Add Green Veggies on Top of Pizza

Make pizza night healthy by adding a serving of veggies on top of a healthier crust like cauliflower or almond flour. Green bell peppers, arugula, spinach, and broccoli are all delicious options! Want to make it dairy-free? Try a shredded dairy-free cheese or skip it altogether and add extra veggies! 

Going Green Made Easy

Now that you have 20 delicious fruit and veggie-filled recipes loading your plate with a pop of green will be easy! From green fruit kabobs and avocado pudding to sneaky spinach-stuffed baked goods, there’s something for everyone — your kiddos included! And don’t forget to mix it up! Eating a wide variety of greens will ensure you get plenty of superfood nutrients. Enjoy!