Healthy Greens for St. Patrick’s Day
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Healthy Greens for St. Patrick’s Day

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With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it’s a good time to discuss the colors of the foods you eat including the green foods in your life.

There are a variety of health benefits green foods can offer. They’re full of important vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and other nutrients that help your body to work at its very best.

Here are some green foods you can incorporate into your diet this St. Patrick’s Day and every day.

Spinach – This green go-to packs a powerful nutritional punch. One cup of fresh spinach has magnesium, folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, fiber, protein, iron, and calcium. It also contains plant-based compounds called that help to protect the digestive system from inflammation and damage. Delicious cooked or raw, making spinach a part of your diet can help to regulate your blood pressure, build stronger bones, keep your vision healthy, and support a healthy immune system.

Kale – This green vegetable has made quite a name for itself over the past few years, and it’s not hard to understand why. Kale is low in calories but full of important nutrients. It also boasts important antioxidants that may even help to protect you from certain cancers. It can help to improve your cholesterol levels, too.

Cucumbers – Cucumbers may be mostly water, but they are also full of important nutrients such as Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, and calcium. They’re a great fruit (yes, technically a fruit) to help you hydrate on warm days and they can also help your body to reduce inflammation.

Guava – This fruit has a soft, sweet pulp and can be eaten raw. It also happens to be packed with nutrients such as Vitamin A, copper, folic acid, Vitamin C. It’s great for your skin, can help reduce your risk of developing diabetes, and promotes a healthy digestive system.

Green apples – You know what they say about an apple a day, and they’re not exaggerating. Green apples are crisp and tart and can be used in a variety of ways to help deliver potassium, Vitamin E, fiber, Vitamin B, and Vitamin A to your diet. It can help to regulate your blood sugar, promotes healthy skin and teeth, and can help you to maintain a healthy body weight.

SOURCES
https://www.hartigdrug.com/blog/green-foods
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/leafy-green-vegetables#TOC_TITLE_HDR_15
https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-guava#1
https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-green-apples#1