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How to Eat Green on St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is all about eating green. Everything from beer and cookies to donuts and Shamrock shakes will be loaded with green food dye. In the spirit of eating green (while being healthy), try celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by enjoying non-dyed, green fruits and veggies. They’re loaded with vitamins A, C, K, iron, calcium, and fiber. Plus, many of them contain cancer-fighting glucosinolates. Below are some of our favorite green foods and tips to incorporate them into your diet.

  • Kiwis
  • Avocados
  • Green apples
  • Edamame
  • Broccoli
  • Green onions
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Basil
  • Artichokes
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Cabbage
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Grapes
  • Zucchini
  • Peppers

Here are some simple ways to work green fruits and veggies into your diet:

  1. Mix a salad. Use dark, leafy greens like baby spinach as a base for a veggie-filled salad, or use green cabbage to create a healthy Asian slaw (try our Asian Slaw recipe).
  2. Dust off the grill. Paint olive oil onto thinly sliced zucchini, green peppers, or brussel sprouts and toss them on the grill for delicious grilled veggies to complement grilled chicken.
  3. Re-think your pasta sauce. Blend kale, spinach, or other greens into your favorite pasta sauce—nobody will know the difference. Add more green veggies to our Basil Walnut Pasta Sauce recipe to get started.

For more healthy, green meals, try our recipes for Chile Verde Soup, Pesto-Glazed Salmon, or Lemon-Panko Green Beans.

Tags: Health, Food