Motivational Speaker Thinks It’s Easy Being Green!

It doesn’t take a motivational speaker on health and wellness to break the news to you that Dark Leafy Greens are where it’s at, nutritionally.  They are an absolute, uncontested powerhouse of nutrient density compared to any other vegetable.  Per calorie, dark leafy greens rank highest in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants, fiber, and other hard-to-explain chemical benefits.

What are they, you ask?  Ahem….kale, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, watercress, bok choy, spinach, broccoli rabe, napa cabbage, brussel sprouts, Swiss chard, arugula, cabbage, parsley,  romaine lettuce  and broccoli.

So, I ask you, out of the above list which greens are you most familiar with?  Broccoli, Romaine lettuce and spinach most likely, right?  Those are my 3 comfort level greens, to be sure.  So if it’s recommended to eat leafy greens every day for a healthy dose of nutrients and little calorie toll, I came up with 10 easy and familiar ways to add one of them to your day.

I give you Spinach.  Mild tasting, quick cooking, available everywhere, and easy to hide in familiar foods (except for that tell tale green hue).  Try a couple of these ideas and I know you’ll find yourself painlessly increasing your servings of the nutrient powerhouse Leafy Green to your day.

1.  2 huge handfuls in a fruit smoothie

2.  1 huge handful in 2 scrambled eggs (I like mine with a touch of feta cheese and chopped tomato)

3.  Spinach salad ~ all spinach or mixed with Romaine, arugula or other salad greens

4.  Soup ~ add at end of cooking time

5.  In spaghetti sauce, over whole grain pasta of course (or at least a blend of whole wheat and refined white flour!)

6.  Saute 1 whole bag in  a little olive oil and minced garlic, pinch of salt and grind of black pepper as side vegetable

7.  In addition to or in place of lettuce on a sandwich

8.  Chopped and added to cooked rice

9.  Blended with any canned bean + garlic + olive oil + lemon juice for a delicious Spinach Bean Dip for carrot sticks

10. Chop fine and add to salsa for your (turkey) taco dinner

Each morning I try to plan for a place to include leafy greens into my day. I have found that spinach is one of the easiest to incorporate in one of the above ways.  I hope you find it easy to do so on a daily basis because foods that are nutrient dense and low in calories are so important to a healthy, vital lifestyle.

Go Greens!

Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford, Your Cheerleader for Leafy Greens!


Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. You are one INFO-LOADED motivational speaker, Ms. Polly! This is EXACTLY the kind of information that will help me get more greens into my diet! And by the way, for anyone else who may be skeptical, putting spinach in a fruit smoothy is BRILLIANTLY good!!! I tried it and it stunned me how tasty it was. Thanks for the ideas Polly!

    • Don’t get me started on my greens theme unless you have time for this motivational speaker to bend your ear a bit! Spinach IS great in a smoothie, isn’t it?? The fruit flavor still shines through. I used to tell my kids it was Mutant Ninja Turtle juice! Does that age me much?

  2. Thanks for the great practical and readily applicable advice Polly! I’ve applied it already… the smoothie and “scrambled eggs a la Polly” (as they shall forever be known in our home) – magnifique! (and so easy too)

  3. Polly, keep those blogs coming so this motivational speaker stays strong and healthy as a road warrior. Too bad more dining establishments in airports, etc. don’t provide as many incredible choices. At home, I’m green. On the road, more a mint shade. Thanks again!

  4. Oh my gosh Polly! You are a genius motivational speaker on health! I just put spinach in my chocolate and it was GREAT!

  5. Thanks Polly – I love me some brussel sprouts, so thanks for the affirmation. I do forget about spinach though – what a great idea to put them in scrambled eggs! Thanks for being the go-to motivational speaker on health and wellness. We can all use your guidance!

    • Brussel sprouts (and other cruciferous veggies) have cancer-fighting properties in them so eat up! It’s always good to see an extended list of veggie options because we all get in our food ruts. Willing to hear my ideas on kale?

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