Eat Your Greens This St. Patrick's Day
By Donna Stark
It's St. Patrick's Day! Well, OK, it's not, but it is just around the corner so it's time for us all to start getting prepared. Prepared for what, you ask? Well, those pesky little leprechauns are going to be playing tricks on everyone and that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is apparently still up for grabs. You will also need to pull out everything green in your closet, perfect your Irish accent, and start memorizing all of the limericks you want to annoy those around you with. It's going to be spectacularly fun! But just be sure to remember the most important thing of all ... the green foods you are going to eat!
Green is For St. Patrick's Day
Truth be told, I am not exactly sure if the existence of that gold is real or not, but I am sure of the amazing health benefits that you can get in certain green foods. So put down that colored beer and consume something that is actually really good for you. Take a look.
- Avocados - Avocados are an incredibly rich source of omega-3s, protein, Vitamin E, and antioxidants. They can help lower cholesterol, protect eye health, and reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
- Kale - Kale is loaded with fiber and contains Vitamins C, A, and K. It can boost the body's immune system, reduce inflammation, fight against various cancers, and improve digestion.
- Brussels sprouts - Brussels sprouts are high in nutrients and fiber. They can help your body maintain healthy blood sugar levels, reduce inflammation, and decrease the risk of certain cancers.
- Kiwi - Kiwis pack a ton of flavor and are full of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. They can help to boost your immune system, lower blood pressure, and protect eye health.
- Green peppers - The vitamins and nutrients found in green bell peppers can help reduce the risk of eye disease, various cancers, diabetes, and heart complications. They are also great for beautiful skin and improved sleep.
- Basil - It may be known best for its role in spaghetti sauce, but if you can find a way to slip it into your St. Patrick's Day menu, you will be doing your body a favor! Basil is a great source of Vitamin K, iron, and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Broccoli - Maybe not your favorite vegetable when you were a child, but it should be now! Loaded with folate, potassium, and Vitamins A, C and K, broccoli is a great way to fight cancer, improve bone health, and protect your body from chronic diseases.
Eat Clean and Green
These powerhouse fruits and vegetables are certainly packed with flavor but more importantly, they are loaded with nutrition and provide so many health benefits. So go ahead and fill up on your greens! Who knows? You may need all the vitamins and minerals you can get if you want to find that pot of gold!
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