Get In Your Greens On Earth Day

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spinach or greens soup

Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22nd, and it's the perfect day to appreciate the amazing food that comes from the earth. This year is the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day and the theme is "it's our turn to lead". Take tomorrow to think about how you can lead the food revolution and add in more greens and less processed foods into your diet. Whether its crunchy kale and green beans or green tea leaves and mint, you can taste so many different flavors when you eat food that comes directly from the ground. On this Earth Day, I thought it would be fun to give you a days worth of green dishes. Whether it's breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack, you can go green all day.

Breakfast:

healthy green smoothie

A Healthy Green Smoothie is a great way to start off your Earth Day! This smoothie is made of 5 simple ingredients, one of which is ice. 4 cups of spinach is what makes this smoothie green and a cup of diced pineapples adds a sweet, yet tart taste. Add some Greek yogurt and almond milk and you have the perfect combination of fruits, vegetable and protein, which makes for a delicious smoothie.

Lunch:

iced green tea with mint

Start off lunch with a refreshing Iced Green Tea With Mint.  By adding a little bit of honey, your tea will be sweet and don't forget the touch of mint. Pair your green tea with a Shaved Mustard Green Salad alongside a Red, White and Green Grilled Cheese. This jazzed up grilled cheese recipe adds onions, tomatoes and spinach to make it full of healthy "from-the-earth" ingredients. The recipe serves 4, but you can also double or even triple the recipe so invite over your family and friends. Also, you bake it in the oven instead of frying it so no need to worry about having enough room in the frying pan!!

Dinner:

Kale Potato Hash with Fried Egg

For dinner, start off with a Beans and Greens Soup, featured in the main image. This soup is a gorgeous way to get in your spinach greens and cannellini beans. Next, have your breakfast for dinner with Kale and Potato Hash With Fried Egg. This recipe uses the goodness of kale as the base and then you add potatoes and spices and top it with a perfectly fried egg. The recipe is super simple and you can add some spice with cumin and chili powder if you would like. Finally, for dessert, try my favorite Green Tea Ice Cream. I got introduced to green tea ice cream when I was in elementary school and it was love at first lick.

Snack:

Tahini Kale Chips

I'm sure there is no way you thought I would forget about a snack. These Tahini Sesame Kale Chips are perfect to take to the park or any of the outdoor settings you may be heading out to. The tang of lime and the nutty-flavored tahini is a delicious combination. This crunchy kale makes for an amazing snack.