Green leprechaun Foods for St. Patty’s Day

Top Green Foods to Get You in the St Patrick’s Day Spirit.

Limes- green foods St. Paddy's dayAs St. Patrick’s Day approaches the whole world seems to turn green, so why shouldn’t your diet? Incorporate these five nutrient-rich foods into your meals to get into the holiday spirit.  You won’t need the luck of a leprechaun to feel great about the healthy foods your eating, leave that all up to these powerful greens!

Lime

Limes are normally thought of as a flavorful supplement to most foods, but they should be appreciated more for their healthy contributions. Limes contain Vitamin C, which helps the immune system and helps neutralize free radicals in the blood that can cause high cholesterol.  Zest the peel of a lime to get some extra fiber, too!

Avocado

When we hear that a food contains fat everyone runs the opposite way.   But don’t run!  Avocados contain omega fatty acids that promote heart health by increasing your HDL (good cholesterol) levels and decreasing LDL (bad cholesterol) levels.  Along with their contribution to heart health avocados contain 25 essential nutrients, including important vitamins and minerals.  Whether you make some delicious guacamole or slice up some fresh avocado for your sandwich, be sure to take a bite out of this green goody!

Pistachios

When you think of “green” foods does your mind automatically go to fruits and vegetables?  Mine usually does too.  But this little green nut is packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals that are just as important for your body as the ones in the typical greens foods. Pistachios are a great heart healthy snack if you need something on the go.

Spinach

Spinach is a great source of vitamins A and K, iron and folate. These vitamins and minerals are important for bone health, lower blood pressure and even help your hair grow!  Cooked or raw spinach is a simple, nutrient-rich addition to any meal.

Kale

This new trendy vegetable has gotten a lot of attention lately, with good reason.  As a source of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, kale has unlimited health benefits.  These benefits include bone health, reduced risk of heart disease and it even has compounds that promote eye health.  Unsure of how to incorporate this leafy green into some meals?  Drizzle the kale with some balsamic and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Bake in the oven until crispy for a delicious chip-based side.   If you have a homemade pesto recipe, replace the basil with kale for a new twist on a traditional sauce.  Or for a third choice, replace your usual salad lettuce to raw kale!  Kale is a green with a lot of flavor that could serve as a nutritious twist to any meal.

Written by Morgan Brod, Nutrition Student/Intern
Eat Right Bucks County

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Approved!
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