Don’t just wear your greens this St. Patrick’s Day, eat them too!

Wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is a tradition that started in the 17th century, when green ribbons and shamrocks were worn to celebrate Ireland’s patron saint. The tradition was popularized by Irish immigrants in the United States, who believed that wearing green made you invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see. Pinching those who did not wear green was meant to remind them that leprechauns could sneak up at any time.

Well this year try something new and eat your greens, especially ones that you have not attempted before. While I know the traditional dish is Corned beef and cabbage, why not try something new like kale or Swiss chard chips.

Yes, there is such a thing as Kale or Swiss chard chips. They’re quick and easy to make, and taste really good!

If you’re not up to trying the chips, you can always try some fresh asparagus tossed in a little olive oil and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, and thrown on the grill for a few minutes. They’re an awesome, tasty way to get your greens in!

Not only do these deep green vegetables taste good, they offer lots of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin, K, A, C, and D, as well as iron, calcium, fiber and protein.

In the case of chard and kale beauty is far from being skin deep. Here is one way to transform your kale from leafy green to tasty chip:

 

Photo credit: Josephine Community Garden

Michele Della-Moretta

About Michele Della-Moretta

Michele (Miki) Della-Moretta, BS, CHES, CMA, CEM, is a certified health educator at Blue Care Network of Michigan. She enjoys writing about physical activities and healthy eating habits. Miki graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree, Health Education Specialty. Her certifications include CHES- Certified Health Education Specialist, CMA-Certified Medical Assistant, and CEM- Certified Emergency Manager Miki enjoys spending time traveling. Her passions include her family; health and helping others accomplish their wellness goals. Miki loves humor and believes it is good for the body, mind and soul. She loves to walk, read, figure skate, ski, boating, and exercise.
 
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