Nutrition: Green Food

Celebrate spring with these green recipes!

Spring celebrations are best with healthy eats. Here are three green recipes that are delicious and good for you. Happy spring!

Green Breakfast Smoothie

½ banana
1 handful of spinach
½ cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 scoop of your favorite protein powder
1 tbsp. chia seeds
6 ice cubes
¼ cup water

Blend everything together and you’ll have a green smoothie complete with a serving of protein, vegetables, and fruit with over 5 grams of fiber and packed with antioxidants!

Split Pea Soup

1 tbsp. butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 lb. ham, chopped
2 tsp. dried marjoram
1 ½ cups split green peas
8 cups water.

Sautée onions, celery and carrots in a large pot with butter for 8–10 minutes or until soft. Add peas, water, ham, marjoram, and bring to a boil. Simmer for another hour before transferring the soup to a blender. Blend in batches to create a smooth consistency and then enjoy.

Brown Rice Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken

4 cups brown rice pasta
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups packed sweet basil
½ cup pine nuts
1 tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 lb. grilled chicken breast
Salt and pepper to taste
Warm water

Cook the pasta until al dente or tender. Combine basil, garlic, and pine nuts into blender on low. Slowly add olive oil and continue to pulse. Slowly add warm water, salt, and pepper to achieve desired consistency and taste. Toss warm pasta with halved cherry tomatoes. Add the pesto and nutritional yeast and toss until everything is evenly coated. Top pasta dish with sliced chicken breast and garnish with extra basil.

—Updated March 2020, DM

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