As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, it’s time to celebrate everything green! Here are some fruit and vegetable superstars that are not only green, but contain healthy benefits as well:
Spinach – liver detoxification, vitamins C, fiber, potassium, B vitamins.
Kale – Vitamins A & K, fiber, protein, omega-3s, antioxidants, lower cholesterol.
Chard – iron, magnesium, calcium, balance blood sugar.
Leafy lettuce – high water content, weight loss, vitamin K, skin health.
Limes – antioxidants, iron absorption.
Broccoli – high sulfur content that helps fight against cancer.
Arugula – reduces blood pressure and inflammation, liver detoxification.
Avocado – healthy fats that promote mental clarity, weight loss and improved mood.
Asparagus – high in vitamins, iron, protein, reduce urinary tract infections.
Green apples – high in dietary fiber, low on the Glycemic index.
Green pears – high in fiber and antioxidants, reduces inflammation.
Try one of these deliciously green recipes to rep your St. Patrick’s week!:
GREENER THAN GREEN SMOOTHIE:
In a blender, add 1 banana, ½ an organic Granny Smith apple, ¼ C spinach, ¼ C kale, ½ juice of a lemon, 1 tsp. fresh ginger, 1 tbsp. hemp hearts, 1 ½ C almond milk and an optional scoop of vanilla protein powder. Blend and enjoy!
PESTO PASTA BOWL:
In a small pot filled with water and ¼ C olive oil, add 1 serving portion of organic pasta and bring to a boil for 8 minutes (or as directed on packaging). In a pan on medium heat, sauté chopped asparagus, spinach, garlic, yellow onion and green peas in olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and pepper for 5 minutes. Combine vegetables and cooked pasta, along with 2 tbsp. pesto*
*For pesto, blend 1 C basil, 1 C pine nuts, ¼ C olive oil (add more if needed), salt, pepper, and 2 cloves garlic in food processor.