Green Is In!

Many people may wear green just for St. Paddys Day in the month of March, but greens can be included in your diet year round! Green foods such as veggies are packed with nutrients to help you maintain a balanced diet!  In fact, the average American consumes less than 2 cups of fruits & veggies each day, when it should be closer to 4-5 cups based on your daily needs! Below highlights some greens that you should definitely try to include more of in your diet if you do not already!
  • Green Tea— Drinking tea is a great way to help keep your body refreshed and quench your thirst anytime of the year as both green and black tea are excellent sources of hydration.  Tea is also a rich source of flavonoids, and diets rich in flavonoids have been associated with heart health benefits!
  • Broccoli— Not only is it an easy delicious addition that can be added to any meal, it is high in vitamin C, high in folate and a good source of dietary fiber and potassium.  Try adding it to your next omelet, chopped up in your next soup or salad or sautéed with garlic and olive oil consumed as a side dish at dinner.
  • Kale— Kale is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C and a good source of calcium and potassium and can be easily be swapped for spinach in your favorite recipes to change it up!  If you buy it fresh, make sure to store it in a plastic bag in the coldest part of the fridge and eat within 3-5 days.  
  • Kiwi— These can be a juicy snack or can even be used as a meat tenderizer by just cutting in half and rubbing the cut end over the meat or peel and mash with fork and then spread on the surface of the meat and let stand for 10-15 minutes or longer. They are a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamin E and high in vitamin C.  
  • Avocado— These are powerhouses providing nearly 20 essential nutrients including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid.  Just 1/5 of a medium avocado is 50 calories and contains mono and polynunsaturated fats that can help keep you satisfied on a low calorie diet.  Unripened avocados should be stored in a paper bag at room temperature and refrigerated when ripe for 2-3 days.  
Here are some great recipes to incorporate some green goodness in your diet!
Sauteed Kale & Red Onion
Warm Salmon, Avocado & Orange Salad

References:
www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/
www.californiaavocado.com/

*Always check with your personal physician before starting any diet or exercise regimen.
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