St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend and to celebrate we’re listing off some of the greenest and meanest nutritional foods for your body! Instead of filling your plate with only meat and potatoes this weekend, opt for a large green salad and a vibrant veggie smoothie. We’re not saying you have to altogether skip out on having a green beer (do moderate though), but we promise your body will be feeling a lot luckier if you fill up on these powerful and earthy plants!
As always, shop organic and local when possible.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!
Probably the most obvious “green” on the list as it is famous for its nutritional value. Spinach, while not that enjoyable raw and on its own, is delicious as a salad base, in smoothies, or sautéed with garlic and spices. Surprising, research suggests it’s healthier than kale—the go-to superfood for health food bloggers. Try to eat 1 cup a day for all the benefits.
These little guys are a bit harder to eat every day, but we recommend roasting them up and adding them to your salads or dipping them in hummus for a snack. Potassium, folate, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K are just a few of the benefits that come with consuming these small, delicious mini cabbages. And they are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!
Another favorite green food, broccoli is loaded with vitamins and nutrients that are excellent for your health, not to mention they may help prevent cancer. Broccoli also reduces cholesterol, promotes bone and heart health, and benefits your skin. Aim for 1 cup per day.
So it’s not as healthy as spinach, but kale is still excellent for your body. Low in calories, high in fiber and iron, and great for cardiovascular support, we love adding kale to our salads, smoothies, and casseroles. And if you’re craving a snack, baked kale is a delicious substitute for chips.