The fact that green vegetables, like broccoli and spinach, are good for us is not new at all. Most of us have been hearing this from our parents since we were kids. Specifically, broccoli is a rich source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, and potassium. Spinach, on the other hand, is a rich source of magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin K, calcium, folate, and certain B vitamins. And these are the short list versions!
While ideally, we would incorporate these nutritious greens in our meals every day, sometimes we either don’t have time to grab some from the supermarket, are not in the mood to have them in our dinners, or are simply not that excited by the prospect. Well, if you’re the type of person who has a hard time getting excited about veggies, especially ones like broccoli and spinach, you’re in luck! Nowadays there are plenty of other ways to enjoy these veggies. From chips and crisps to pasta and smoothie powder, there is bound to be a product out there that catches your eye. Here are 12 we think are worth checking out!
Rhythm Superfoods Broccoli Bites
If you’re tired of eating broccoli raw, how about trying broccoli in crunchy cluster form? Rhythm Superfoods Broccoli Bites transforms broccoli from tender vegetable to crispy snack by dehydrating it at low temperatures and tossing it in a light dressing of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and cane sugar along with sunflower seeds, garlic, and onion. Each one-ounce serving has seven grams of protein and four grams of fiber. They also have 110 percent of your daily recommendation of vitamin C, 10 percent of your iron and vitamin A, and six percent of your calcium. Reviewers are saying that this snack is much more convenient than carrying around raw broccoli, packs quite the nutritional punch, and is tasty, as well. You can get one one-ounce bag for about $4.
The Better Chip Spinach and Kale Tortilla Chips
The Better Chip Spinach and Kale Tortilla Chips aims to do exactly what their name suggests: be a better option than the regular tortilla chip. These gluten-free and non-GMO chips are made with corn masa flour, sunflower and/or canola oil, spinach and kale (which give it it’s green color) and sea salt. And if you’re wondering what the corn flour to vegetable ratio is, according to the company, each chip is made with 40 percent fresh vegetables. Not too shabby. Reviewers are saying that these chips are tasty, thick and good for hummus, and you can definitely taste the veggies. You can get a pack of 18 two-ounce bags for $31.
Birds Eye Teriyaki Broccoli
For a really easy side dish that’s already seasoned for you, check out Birds Eye Teriyaki Broccoli. This microwaveable product contains broccoli tossed in a sauce made from brown sugar, dehydrated soy sauce, sugar, salt, garlic powder, and a few other ingredients. To enjoy, you simply have to microwave the package for a few minutes. Reviewers are saying that this broccoli is tasty. You can get one 9.2-ounce bag for a little under $2.50.
Green Leaf Foods Raw Spinach Wraps
Gluten-free, paleo, and soy-free, Green Leaf Foods Raw Spinach Wraps are a great way to sneak some extra veggie goodness into your diet. Each bag has five large, low-sodium wraps which are high in antioxidants, and are a good source of fiber. Reviewers are saying that while these wraps are a bit expensive they are good quality, have a nice flavor, and are nice and flexible for making wraps. This $12 pack requires no refrigeration and apparently stays good for a whole year. One thing to note about these earthy wraps, though, they are packed pretty tightly together, so make sure to un-stick them very carefully.
Food to Live Sprouting Seeds
Broccoli sprouts (the stage before broccoli becomes a full floret) is another good way to enjoy the nutrition of this vegetable. This bag for Food to Live Sprouting Seeds contains broccoli, clover, radish, and alfalfa seeds. All of these seeds can be germinated and grown into full vegetables, or grown to sprout-size where they can be juiced or added to sandwiches, salads, and smoothies. Reviewers are saying that these seeds are good quality and at a good value quantity-wise. You can get a one-pound bag for about $15.
Nubeleaf Spinach Powder
On days when you don’t have fresh spinach leaves in the house but still want to put some in your meals, products like Nubeleaf Spinach Powder come in handy. This whole food, one ingredient powder has no additives, fillers, or preservatives, and as the company relays, can be added right into smoothies, soups, sauces, pastas, and baked goods like bread. Each serving is just 25 calories and provides 11 percent of the daily recommendation for calcium. You can get a one-pound bag for $25.
Imagine Foods Organic Broccoli Soup
While you definitely can make broccoli soup from scratch, sometimes it’s nice to be able to have a heat-and-serve soup for those nights where you don’t feel like cooking. Imagine Foods Organic Broccoli Soup is made with filtered water and the following organic ingredients: broccoli, potatoes, tapioca starch, celery, onions, leeks, sea salt, garlic, oil, and spices. The reviews are mixed on this one. Some felt the soup had a nice flavor and made for a decent-sized meal, while others felt that it was watery and bland since it was low sodium. To try it yourself, you can get one 32-ounce container for $5.
Miracle Noodle Spinach Pasta
Miracle Noodle Spinach Angel Hair Pasta is just like their original pasta (made from the root vegetable konnyaku) but it is also infused with spinach powder! The result? A pasta free from wheat, gluten, soy, and cholesterol, that has the added nutrition of spinach, like vitamin A and iron. While reviewers say that the cooking process for these noodles is somewhat different than what they follow for regular pasta, the finished product is more or less the feel of a very al-dente Italian noodle. You can get six seven-ounce packages for a little under $20.
Tender Grown Raw Leaf Broccoli Chipotle Crisps
In the mood for something smoky? Instead of reaching for some BBQ chips, consider checking out Tender Grown Raw Leaf Broccoli Chipotle Crisps. This snack is made from broccoli, cashews, sunflower seeds, cider vinegar, blue agave nectar, lemon juice, smoked paprika, nutritional yeast, sea salt, garlic, onion, cumin, red pepper, and cayenne pepper. Reviewers are saying that this snack is tasty, convenient to bring on the go and even tastes good as a soup and salad topper. These are a bit pricey, with one 2.5-ounce bag coming out to $10.
Tasty Bite Spinach Dal
Think the only way to get yummy Indian food is by spending hours in the kitchen or ordering take out? Not true! Take Tasty Bite Spinach Dal, for example. This microwaveable meal is made with water, spinach, lentils, tomatoes, onion, sunflower oil, salt, and spices. Each bag is 200 calories and provides 20 percent of your vitamin A recommendation, 15 percent of your iron, and eight percent of your calcium. Reviewers are saying that this meal is very tasty, extremely convenient (especially since it’s shelf stable).
Brooklyn Whatever Shpickles Broccoli
Expand the lifespan of your broccoli by enjoying it in pickled form! You can either pickle your own vegetables, or invest in a product like Brooklyn Whatever Shpickles Broccoli. This handmade product is made with just six ingredients: broccoli, water, vinegar, salt, garlic, and spices. Reviewers are saying these pickles are pleasantly salty and are good quality. You can get one 24-ounce jar for $9.
Peas of Mind Broccoli Fries
Everything tastes good in fry form – even vegetables! Peas of Mind Broccoli Fries are a soy-free, gluten-free, and fat-free product made with broccoli, dehydrate potato, citric acid, sea salt, and baking powder. Reviewers are reporting that these fries are a great way to sneak veggies into your diet, are delicious plain or dipped in condiments, and if left in the oven, can be made crispy “just like regular fries.” Reviewers have commented that these can be find cheaper elsewhere at places like Target. However, if they don’t stock them near you, you can get a pack of four 12-ounce bags for about $35.50.
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