3 Green Foods That You Should Totally Taste

By Genevieve Cunningham

Eat more green. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times. This piece of advice is a common little gem that people throw out when talking about eating healthy. And for the most part, it’s true. The more green you eat, the more likely you’re getting ample amounts of veggies and such. But there’s no denying that eating the same old green foods can also get … well, boring. If you’d like to change it up a bit without breaking your healthy diet, take a look at these green foods to give a try today.

Nopales

This is a vegetable from way down south -- like the southern USA and Mexico! Nopales is a type of cactus leaf, and when you buy it in the store, it even has the look and texture of cactus, minus the prickly points of course. This green veggie contains a ton of Vitamin C as well as ample amounts of fiber. Eating it can keep your digestive habits regular, boost the immune system, and even lower blood sugar. If you’ve never cooked nopales, study some recipes first. The texture can be a bit slimy with certain recipes, but cooked in the right way, it’s a delicious addition to any meal.

Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable (think lettuce) that bring a powerful blast of nutrients. This veggie is stocked full of Vitamins A and C, folate, and potassium. This concoction means that the brussel sprout is good for regulating blood pressure, boosting the immune system, and strengthening the bones. If the thought of eating this veggie makes you gag, you need a new way to prepare it. Try grilling it, baking it, or roasting it for a delicious way to enjoy this veggie.

Edamame

This is another name for the soybean. The soybean, when raw and in the pod, is called edamame, and it is incredibly good for you. While you may have heard that too much soy is bad for you because of its tendency to cause estrogen overload, a natural source such as edamame does not create the estrogen effect. Instead, it gives you a natural blast of protein, making it an excellent choice for vegetarians and vegans. If you haven’t tried edamame yet, check out your local grocer, as this plant’s popularity s on the rise making it easier and easier to find.

If you’re sick of the same old green veggies on your plate, it’s time to venture out. Try these green additions, and keep your diet fun and interesting. With some creativity and a little willingness to try something new, you may find your new favorite healthy green amongst these delectable dishes.

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