Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Instead of posting traditional Irish recipes here, I thought I’d mix it up and focus on green foods today. Green abounds in the natural world and it’s no wonder that green foods are some of the very best for your body too. The color green symbolizes health, prosperity and vitality and it’s really not surprising that environmentalists choose green to represent their causes.
Here is a list of our favorite green foods and what makes them so good for you!
- Spinach: Popeye ate spinach to make him strong and it’s no wonder! These little leafy greens are packed full of vitamin C, iron, folate and are a great source of fiber. Spinach is great raw in a salad or on a sandwich in place of lettuce, but it also makes a wonderful addition to pastas, soups and stir-fry.
- Kale: My personal favorite, kale is a great source of iron, calcium, dietary fiber, vitamin K and vitamin C. I often pair kale with quinoa, black beans, tofu and salsa for my take on a Mexican bowl.
- Broccoli: The quintessential food rejected by picky eaters is a great source of vitamin A (beta carotene) and vitamin K, both of which help our bodies metabolize vitamin D. Most of us need to take supplements of vitamin D for healthy bones and broccoli helps our body replenish its stores of this essential nutrient.
- Green Tea: A powerful antioxidant and natural source of energy, Green tea can help reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, as well as protect against cancer.
- Nori: Nori is the seaweed that wraps sushi and can now be found as snacks here in the United States. Nori is a great source of protein, iodine, fiber and vitamin C.
- Peas: Whether you choose snap peas, snow peas or split peas, green peas pack a nutritional punch. Peas are good sources of dietary fiber, thiamine, vitamin K and manganese.
That is just a short list of all of the great green foods you can enjoy today. Others include green apples, pistachios, basil (might we suggest pesto?), mint, oregano, collard greens, bell peppers, chard, lettuce, celery, cucumbers, zucchini… and the list goes on!
Find some way to eat your green today, instead of just wearing it!