I recently started drinking wheat grass that I order from www.dynamicgreens.com
. I haven't tried much wheat grass before, except for the dried powder, but this stuff actually tastes good...sweet. I don't have the time or space or green thumb to grow my own, and the dried stuff I've tried tasted a bit too 'green' to me at times, but this stuff I like (and so does my elderly, diabetic cat!).
As for adding more veggies to your meals...they are really good for you! Especially the leafy greens. How about, for me
, adding a big salad to either your lunch or dinner (or both!). Base it on romaine lettuce (don't even look at the nutritionally deficit iceberb stuff), add some red pepper, beans, broccoli, red cabbage, grated carrots... just lots of different colored veggies. Add a fat source, to help your body absorb more of the nutrients, like avocado, nuts, sunflower seeds, hemp nuts or some olive-oil based dressing.
This time of year, it's easy to find lots of fresh produce in the grocery stores or farmers markets. Use it as a time to explore different veggies. Try different textures of the same veggie (carrots, for example, can be grated, chopped, diced, or eaten whole, and each way they have a different effect).
If the 'big salad' idea is too big a leap for you, how about a starting lunch and dinner with a smaller salad (to get some good raw food and enzymes in your system) and snacking on veggies through the day?
Cut up a bunch of red peppers, zuccini, jícama, carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. and keep them handy to snack on.
Make a simple garbanzo dip (in a food processor, blend some red onion, a drained and rinsed can of garbanzo beans, some poultry seasoning, a bit of salt and a dollop of veggan mayo), put a glob on a plate and surround it with veggies to dip in it. Or fil celery sticks with it, like little 'boats" for a snack (that's what I did yesterday). Experiment by using different beans and seasoning (like black beans and mexican spices) and different veggies.
You can also make various 'wraps' using veggies as the wrapper. Take burrito filling and wrap it in a romaine leaf instead of a grain wrapper.