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Going Green with Your Diet

By Sara Butler

When it comes to the color of foods in your diet, it’s always best to eat the rainbow. But if you have to focus on just one color, you should opt for green. Here are a few green foods that are delicious and full of nutrients that will help you stay healthy. When in doubt, choose these foods!

Why Eat the Rainbow?

When you hear someone say that you should eat the rainbow, they simply mean that eating foods of varying color is the best way to ensure that you won’t experience nutritional deficiencies. Plus, eating a variety of plant-based foods in your diet can help to promote good health and keep your diet balanced. But you will probably see more green fruits and vegetables than any other, which is why you shouldn’t pass them on by.

Arugula

If you’re looking to give your salad a little kick, you can’t go wrong with arugula. It has a unique, almost peppery taste. It’s low in calories but high in Vitamin A, Vitamin K, calcium, and folate. Arugula helps to contribute to a healthy heart, healthy eyes, and healthy bones.

Asparagus

Green asparagus is what you most commonly see at the market, but there are other colors too. The green variety is full of fiber, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A as well iron, copper, and folate. Enjoy it all year round.

Celery

Yes, celery is more than just a vehicle for peanut butter! It’s very low in calories and loaded with antioxidants and fiber. It’s good for your heart and pairs well with many different types of foods and dishes.

Apples

Apples are good for you, but Granny Smith apples are full of valuable nutrients. But it really shines in the fiber department. Apples have insoluble and soluble fiber in their skin that helps keep your digestive health as well as reduce your blood cholesterol levels.

Spinach

Spinach is very good for you because it contains so many healthy nutrients without a lot of calories. You can also add it to a variety of dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is no nutritional slouch!

All vegetables and fruits have their place in your diet, but by far the most readily available seem to be those with a green hue! Of course, you want to eat a wide variety, but making these a part of your diet will help lead you to a healthy and balanced meal.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Riverside, Calif.

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