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Go Green for Saint Patrick's Day!

Go Green for Saint Patrick's Day!
Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Skip out on the sweets and dyed green bagels this year and try some healthy naturally green foods. We’ve compiled a list of our favorites below: Cabbage – There’s no surprise that St. Patrick’s Day is the biggest holiday for the consumption of fresh green cabbage in the U.S. This holiday staple is packed with nutrients and fiber and has numerous health benefits. Cabbage is an excellent source of antioxidants; specifically vitamin C. Antioxidants reduce free radicals in your body and help in repairing the wear and tear on the body through the course of your life. Cabbage is also a very powerful brain food — the presence of vitamin K and anthocyanins within cabbage can give a strong boost to mental function and concentration. Cabbage, as well as all cruciferous vegetables, is a great source of minerals, like calcium, magnesium, and potassium – all of which are essential to your bone health. The fiber in cabbage helps normalize and maintain your digestive system, and aids in achieving a healthy weight. Avocado – The avocado has become a hot item among health-conscious individuals. It is often referred to as a superfood – which is not surprising given its amazing health properties. Avocados are very high in potassium, which supports healthy blood pressure levels. Avocados are also high in monounsaturated fat (also known as “heart healthy” fat), which can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood. This superfood is also high in fiber, which is important for healthy weight loss and metabolic health. Kale – One of the trendiest greens out there right now! Kale is jam packed with vitamins and minerals essential to maintain good health. At just 33 calories, one cup of raw kale has nearly 3 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fiber, vitamins A, C, and K, folate, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, and zinc. Add kale to your smoothies for an added boost of nutrients or bake some kale chips: Drizzle a little olive oil over the desired amount of lightly salted kale leaves and bake in the oven...yum! Broccoli – Your parents knew what was up when they told you to eat your broccoli. This all-star vegetable is a powerhouse of nutrients. While low in calories, broccoli is a great source of vitamins A, C, and K, fiber, potassium, and folate. It’s reputed to benefit digestion, the cardiovascular system, and the immune system. As if that’s not enough, one cup of cooked broccoli offers as much vitamin C as an orange, and is a good source of beta-carotene. What are your favorite greens? Tell us in the comments below. Cheers! Teresa & WANU   Sources: whfoods.org, webmd.comhealthy eating.org  

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