Getting More Greens Into My Diet


After watching Dr. Terry Wahls’ 17-minute “Minding Your Mitochondria” video earlier this year, our household went into a huge transition in the way we eat. Mind you, this has been a slooooow process. I cannot deny there have been enormous challenges.

One of these challenges has been how to get more greens into our diet. Dr. Wahls recommends 9 cups per day of different greens, and shows what that amount would be in her video. But if you are like me, unless it is a salad at lunch and another at dinner, with a lot of steamed greens too, how were we going to be able to eat that many greens in the course of a day?

I had seen some references to breakfast foods that incorporate a significant amount of greens. But the best I could seem to do, just a couple of days per week, was to put some spinach into an omelette.

That was not going to cut it!

Pre-Wahls, my breakfast consisted of two pieces of toast with some butter and a cup of coffee. Of late it has been organic, grass-fed whole milk yogurt, a tablespoon of organic chia seeds, berries or fruit of some kind, a teaspoon of honey – local and raw of course. I usually add a teaspoon of organic flax pumpkin granola for a bit of crunchy goodness…

One day I imagined putting chopped spinach in my breakfast yogurt. I sat on that for about a week, mulling it over in my mind. It just sounded too weird. Then, one morning I decided to try it. It was only about a half a cup the first time, and I chopped it up pretty fine. I seriously could not taste anything bad or wrong or weird! It was good. And I felt good afterwards.

I have since been putting a lot of spinach in my yogurt. I worked up to it. Now, I am completely satisfied with putting the spinach in my bowl first, and the rest of the ingredients on top. I will sometimes put two cups of greens in my bowl.

So, now, rather than having breakfast yogurt with a handful of spinach, I call it Spinach Breakfast Salad. The “dressing” is my yogurt and honey, and the “toppings” are my fruit, granola, chia seeds.

How do YOU incorporate more greens in your diet?

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Getting More Greens Into My Diet

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