Top Tips & Recipes for a Healthy 2020

We love bringing community together around local, healthy food, and last month we hosted a Real Food Reset community event featuring tips from our Dream Greens nutrition expert and registered dietitian nutritionist, Alina, and friends from Fresh Bowl and Remedy Organics. With fads constantly in flux, making healthy eating choices can be confusing. To help us navigate our New Year’s Resolutions, Alina shares some of her favorite tips and recipes from our Real Food Reset event for a healthy and delicious 2020.

Top 3 nutrition tips for 2020:

  1. Shop Local. Think about where your food is coming from and prioritize locally grown, seasonal produce as the basis of our diet. Why? Eating local means higher nutrient density and flavor of produce and less carbon emissions and waste along the way. Choosing local produce is better for your pallet and our planet! Pro-tip: Dream Greens locally grown in New Jersey and available at Whole Foods, ShopRite, FreshDirect, FoodKick and AmazonFresh all year long to get your fix of fresh, local greens! 
  2. Amp Up The Plant Flavor, First! Prepare ingredients thoughtfully to highlight their inherent flavor and nutrient profiles instead of hiding them. We traditionally plan meals around the protein with a vegetable/grain on the side, however instead suggest prioritizing produce as the center of the plate and then plan the rest around that. By bringing greens and other plant-based ingredients to the center of the plate, we’re ensuring our phytonutrients and fiber no matter what.
  3. Focus on Whole Foods vs Nutrients. Don’t Obsess with Protein, Fats and Carbs. To achieve satiety and satisfaction at our meals we need to focus on eating nutrient dense foods full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber. Eating nutrient dense food helps our body respond appropriately to food instead of craving to eat more than our bodies need.

Top 3 plant-based recipes for 2020:

  1. Green Smoothie Bowl 
Chewy goji berries and puffy chia seeds, Dream Greens Insta-ready Smoothie keeps you full throughout your morning.
This smoothie bowl recipe is a healthy, balanced meal that delivers loads of key nutrients such as healthy Omega-3 fats from chia seeds and Vitamins C, A & K from our Dream Greens Baby Kale. Enjoy it as a breakfast or snack, and slow down by eating with a spoon for a more mindful eating experience.

2. Rainbow Harvest Salad with Baby Kale or Baby Pac Choi

Dream Greens Rainbow Harvest Kale Salad with Quinoa & Feta
Packed with fiber and complete plant protein from quinoa, healthy fats from pepitas and hearty, juicy Dream Greens Kale or Pac Choi, this rainbow harvest salad has all the elements for a filling, nutrient-rich lunch or dinner. Alina recommends focusing on chewing your food for this fiber-packed dish for max digestive health.

3. Plant-Powered Rice Bowl

The best meals are often the simplest ones. Try this nutritious, everyday clean, green Buddha bowl for a major boost of plant protein, fiber-rich whole grains, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to keep you energized and satisfied throughout the day. Customize it with your favorite Dream Greens and seasonal veggies, and top with a boiled or fried egg or 3 oz. chicken, fish or tofu for an additional boost of lean protein. 

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