Eat Green for Saint Patrick’s Day

by Dana Snook on March 17, 2014

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Eat Green for St. Patrick’s Day

by Dana Snook, RDN, CDE, CIC

I am sure it is no surprise today is St. Patrick’s Day. No matter where you turn you will see green. As an Irish women myself, I grew up making Irish Soda Bread with my Mom and eating Corned Beef and Cabbage on this very day.  I still follow these same traditions and I hope to pass them down to my daughter. This year my dietitian side has come out and even though I still made the corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread, I also decided to take a different spin on things.

What can you do different?

This year, forget all the food coloring and instead focus on adding some naturally green foods into your family’s diet.  Whether you serve green apples, cabbage, avocado, or kiwi you will be sure to pack in the nutrition.

Do you know all the health benefits associated with these naturally green foods?

  •  Leafy Green Vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are just a fancy name for the compounds found in plants.  These phytochemicals are so important in fighting diseases such as cancer.
  • Green apples are high in Vitamin C, Magnesium and Fiber. These vitamins and minerals can boost our immune system, cardiovascular health, and prevent eye disease. Magnesium has been a hot topic recently as we have come to realize how often magnesium deficiencies are linked to common aliments. Magnesium helps with our nervous system, regulating our body temperature, detoxification and building healthy bones and teeth. 
  • Avocado contains mostly monounsaturated fats. These fats are essential for heart health. Eating avocados with a meal or even salad can increase the absorption of fat soluble vitamins. 
  • Kiwi is a vitamin and anitxoidant powerhouse that is often overlooked. One Kiwi give your about 85% of your daily value of vitamin C…that’s even more than an orange. It also has been known to help with DNA protection, macular degeneration, asthma and heart health.

What couldn’t be more perfect than a St Patrick’s Day filled with nutrition. So for just this day choose green, but keep in mind having a variety is essential to overall health. Eating a variety of food will ensure you get all the necessary nutrients your body requires.

What is your favorite green food? Feel free to comment below!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Much Love,

Dana Snook

 

Dana Snook is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Intrinsic Coach and Certified Diabetes Educator focused on improving the health and well being of the whole family. She specializes in feeding the family, picky eaters, weight issues and emotional eating.

 

 

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