Beyond Green Beer: 13 Recipes to Eat Your Greens for St. Patrick’s Day and Beyond

What better day to talk about incorporating green fruits and vegetables in your diet than on St. Patrick’s Day? This is the first food color blog post to highlight the eat right with color theme for National Nutrition Month in March.

Most green foods consist of an array of vegetables: spinach, broccoli, artichokes, asparagus, celery, peas, green beans, green peppers and a variety of leafy greens. There are also green fruits such as kiwi, avocado, pears, grapes and apples.

Green vegetables contain many different vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and plant nutrients, such as; chlorophyll, fiber, lutein, zeaxanthin, calcium, folate, vitamin C and beta-carotene. These nutrients can do the following:

  • Reduce the risk of cancer
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels
  • Keep you regular with normal bowel movements and digestive processes
  • Support retinal health and vision
  • Fight harmful free radicals in the body
  • Boost the immune system
  • Aid in weight loss and weight management goals
  • Keep you generally more healthy

Here is more information about 12 popular greens and some recipes from Cooking Light to start incorporating them into your diet.

  1. Arugula Salad with Shrimp and Grapes
  2. Gomiti with Broccoli Rabe, Chick Peas and Prosciutto
  3. Collard Greens with Lima Beans and Smoked Turkey
  4. Belgian Endive and Apple Salad
  5. Escarole Soup with Ginger and Cilantro
  6. Broccoli, Orange and Watercress Salad
  7. Sicilian Style Greens over Polenta
  8. Swiss Chard Spanakopita
  9. Hearty Beef, Pasta and Spinach Minestrone
  10. Winter Greens and Potato Casserole
  11. Mesclun with Grilled Onion, Apple and Gruyere Cheese
  12. Spinach and Kale Turnovers
  13. Dijon Chicken Stew with Potatoes and Kale

Let me know if you try any of these wonderful dishes and what you think. There is always a way to get your 5-A-Day of fruits and vegetables in for better health.

What are your favorite green vegetables or fruits?

Photo Credit: Smoochi