It’s March, which for most of us signifies thawing out after a harsh winter. March also brings with it all things green for St. Patrick’s Day!
Green is appropriate in March not just for the luck of the Irish but also because it brings the first sprouts of new life. Spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation—so refresh yourself with some energizing green foods. Eating a colorful diet helps to ensure a balanced intake of a wide variety of nutrients. When it comes to nutrition, the color green is a powerhouse! Chlorophyll is the energizing green pigment in plants responsible for harnessing the energy of the sun—what’s more rejuvenating than that? St. Patrick’s Day brings out the green in all of us!
Leafy greens like kale, collard, mustard, dandelion, romaine, and spinach are packed with lutein, which helps to keep eyes healthy. Lighter green fruits and veggies like zucchini, avocado, and kiwi are also rich in lutein.
Additionally, leafy greens are rich in folate, which is an essential nutrient especially for women of child-bearing age as it helps to prevent neural tube defects.
Cruciferous veggies like cabbage, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts have sulfurous compounds that are powerful in cancer prevention.
Vitamin K is another nutrient found widely among dark green veggies. Vitamin K helps blood to clot and keeps bones healthy.
Potassium, a particular nutrient of concern since the standard American diet is so sodium-heavy and potassium-deficient, is plentiful among green fruits and veggies. Eating a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables and minimizing processed food intake helps to ensure an excellent sodium-potassium balance and healthy blood pressure.
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Bonus: make natural green food coloring and expand your green horizon by adding strong kale or spinach juice to your foods. No juicer necessary, just blend up the leaves with a little bit of water to desired strength and consistency. Green tofu scramble, anyone? This is an excellent option to have fun with the kiddos on St. Patrick’s Day without the chemical dyes.
Curious to know how to incorporate more veggies into your life? Don’t miss out on these amazing ideas: