Get Your GREEN On!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you wearing your green to help celebrate today?
Well, how about the green on your plate?
Yes, really. Did you know that if your family is following the SAD (Standard American Diet) the color you are lacking the most on your plate . . . . is green?
Boost your family’s health by simply adding more green veggies on your plates!
Greens are highly beneficial and supply:
Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamins A – C – E – K
fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll, micronutrients, and phytochemicals
Benefits of eating greens:
*blood purification *cancer prevention
*improved circulation *strengthens immune system
*improves energy *Promotes healthy intestinal flora
*improves liver, gallbladder and kidney functions
*clears congestion, especially lungs and reduces mucus
Which greens to eat?
Try: Broccoli, bok choy, napa cabbage, mustard greens, kale, collards,
broccoli rabe, dandelion greens, green cabbage (sauerkraut),
arugula, endive, chicory, lettuce, mesclun, wild greens, spinach, swiss chard and beet greens
How to eat them?
Eating many of them raw, in a salad is easy and delicious
Cut up some broccoli and cucumbers to serve with hummus as a quick afternoon snack
Saute a little olive oil with chopped red or sweet onions, add in any of the different greens, saute a few minutes until wilted and enjoy
Throw a handful of spinach or kale in your favorite smoothie or soup to kick it up
Chop up some greens and add them to your eggs (scrambled, frittata or quiche)
So many ways to enjoy your greens. Have your children help wash or chop them to help prepare the dishes. This gets them more invested in trying them. Also, explain how good greens are to your body and how they give you great energy – kids love hearing that!
After my little man eats his broccoli, he likes to show us his muscles – to prove that they are doing his body good!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Now go get your green on!