It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, the greenest of the holidays. In addition to focusing on what you put on your body (… because WE AGREE, no one wants to be pinched!), turn your attention to natural-green foods you can put in your body! Green fruits and vegetables are rich in health-promoting properties such as preventing cancer, maintaining vision, and increasing bone strength.
Below are FIVE naturally-green foods to try, each with their specific health benefits and how you can try them!
ARTICHOKES are rich in vitamins and minerals that promote heart health. They are also packed with antioxidants that boost the immune system. After simmering in seasoned water, artichokes make a fantastic appetizer or side dish to be eaten leaf by leaf by scraping off the meaty flesh until you reach the heart. (Before digging into the artichoke heart, don’t forget to throw away the fuzzy top!)
BROCCOLI’S unique vitamin and mineral combination promotes bone and skin health, heart health, and nerve function. Broccoli is naturally high in fiber and can help lower cholesterol and promote digestive health. You can eat broccoli as a snack with hummus, as a side dish, in pasta, or even in a smoothie.
CABBAGE is a traditional St Patrick’s Day Food, it has thick leaves and comes in various colors. It has cancer-protective properties and can be turned into sauerkraut for your celebration, which offers even more health benefits. SkinnyTaste’s Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage is a delicious and healthy use of cabbage for you to try here: https://www.skinnytaste.com/crock-pot-corned-beef-and-cabbage/.
KALE is especially rich in vitamins A, C, and K. In fact, a single serving of kale contains 450% of your daily vitamin K requirement. Eating kale can help boost your health by providing antioxidants, fighting heart disease, and helping to prevent cancer. Kale is best eaten raw, as cooking reduces its nutritional properties.
KIWI is great for digestion as well as satiation. It’s packed with fiber, containing 5 grams in one cup when eaten with the skin. That’s right, you don’t have to peel it– just wash it and cut it! You can eat it as a snack, in a smoothie, or a top yogurt.
Written By Amanda Herlocker MS, RDN, LDN, Owner of The Queen City Dietitian, LLC and Co-Author of Nutrition Focus at ModernWeigh