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How to kick-start your plant-powered summer

Dig into a veggie meal subscription and other ways to go green.

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Looking to start this summer off on a fresh note by incorporating more veggies into your meals? Eat clean and green with the help of meal subscription boxes, online recipes, DIY gardening hacks and more. If you’re ready to get started, try these five easy-peasy hacks for getting more greens on your plate.

1. Try a vegetarian meal subscription box.

Whether you’ve been a vegetarian for years or just started a plant-based diet, many of us only eat a fraction of the delicious plant foods that are available. In fact, there are an estimated 300,000 varieties of edible plants on earth — yet humans around the world collectively eat only about 200 of those species.

A great way to start trying new vegetables, herbs and spices that you’ve never had before is to sign up for a green-focused meal subscription box like GreenChef. You can choose from a variety of plant-based meals each week, then get fresh, certified-organic ingredients delivered to your door. You get to enjoy the cooking process — and scrumptious plant-powered meals — without the hassle of shopping for organic produce yourself.

Not ready to go full-on vegetarian just yet? GreenChef has keto, paleo, low-calorie, balanced living and family options too. Take a look at our GreenChef review for more details and pricing information.

2. Down a DIY green smoothie.

Incorporating a smoothie or two into your routine is another easy way to up your veggie intake without much effort. Get your feet wet in the world of green smoothies by finding a recipe online — there are tons of verdant variations.

Here’s one super simple recipe to try from SimpleGreenSmoothies.com:

  • Blend 1 cup of spinach or kale.
  • Add 1 cup of almond, soy or other plant-based milk.
  • Add optional frozen fruit, such as mango, pineapple or bananas.
  • Blend again until smooth and creamy.

3. Plant a garden — a little dirt never hurt.

There’s something so rewarding about planting and harvesting your own food — not to mention the savings that come from growing your own organic, pesticide-free produce. Even if you live in the city, you can get creative with rooftop or balcony gardening and reap the benefits of digging in the dirt and enjoying fresh, homegrown goodies.

Lots of stores will ship seeds and live plants right to your door, which is a handy option if your local stores are low on stock.

4. Ferment your own food.

With a head of cabbage, non-iodized salt and a mason jar, you can whip up homemade sauerkraut. Other fermented foods that are just as easy to make and come along with plenty of nutritious benefits include pickles, kimchi and kombucha.

If you want to get fancy, you can get a relatively cheap fermentation kit online to help you get started.

5. Pick up some summer reading.

There’s no shortage of books you can buy online about on how to transition to a plant-based diet, but a few of our favorite picks include:

  • Fiber Fueled by Dr. William Bulsiewicz
  • How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger
  • The Vegan Starter Kit by Dr. Neal Barnard

Bottom line

Getting more fruits and vegetables in your daily diet can be as simple as signing up for an organic meal subscription kit, growing a few plants in your backyard or both! Even if you’ve been a vegetarian for years, adding new recipes and ingredients to your repertoire is a great way to enjoy getting your greens in.

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