5 Greens To Add To Your Healthy Eating Rotation, STAT

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How’s your 2018 going so far? If you’ve let some of your New Year’s intentions slide, that’s totally normal—it turns out 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. It could be that the goal isn’t specific enough, is overly ambitious, or simply doesn’t fit in with your lifestyle. Whatever the reason, even the highest achievers among us can start to fizzle out right about now. The good news is, it’s not too late to turn your progress around!

In the lead-up to National Green Juice Day on January 26, mbg and Evolution Fresh will be offering small, actionable challenges to help you keep your clean eating intentions in check using—you guessed it—greens!

Kale, spinach, and romaine have long been the darlings of the salad and green juice world, praised for their antioxidants, vitamins, and other nutrients. But variety is the spice of life, and changing up the greens in your rotation will bring different nutrients to your body and keep you from getting bored of the same old thing. For Day 3 of the #GotMyGreens challenge, we're exploring every shade of green found in Evolution Fresh juices and beyond.

Day 3 Challenge: Eat a green you're not super familiar with.

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The five following greens may not be as ubiquitous as kale, but they all pack a flavorful punch of their own—and they can all be incorporated into breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here, we break down some of their benefits and dish out a genius way to work them into your routine:

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Parsley:

Just 2 tablespoons of this mild herb provide all the vitamin K—an essential nutrient that regulates blood flow and stress response—you need in a day. Parsley leaves make for a wonderful garnish, adding a bright freshness to salads and tacos when roughly chopped.

Cilantro:

Cilantro is packed with vitamin K and calcium, which both help build strong bones. The herb is super versatile, and we love it in juices and smoothies and, of course, chopped up in guacamole.

Watercress:

Watercress is packed with protein, potassium, and a handful of vitamins like C, E, and K. Work its sharp, slightly bitter flavor into your rotation by throwing a handful onto soup until it wilts, tossing it in a salad, or even throwing it into your grilled cheese for a little boost.

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Swiss chard:

Just 1 cup of Swiss chard contains three times the vitamin K you need in a day and then some. Its hardy leaves make for a great sandwich wrap or lovely alternative to kale chips.

Mint:

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Fresh mint is rich in carotenes and vitamin C, which could play a role in promoting heart health. Plus, it’s super versatile. Muddle its leaves and combine them with sparkling water for a refreshing spritzer, add it to hot water for a soothing afternoon tea, or throw it in with fresh fruit for a flavorful sweet treat.

Share the new greens you’re experimenting with using the hashtag #GotMyGreens, and don’t forget to enter our sweepstakes for a chance to win some amazing prizes that will make your friends green with envy (sorry, we had to). Peek at the rules here, and tune in tomorrow for your next challenge.

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