Here’s an idea for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all year around. Replace your worst junk foods with lots of green vegetables. Make it a habit to eat green vegies along with other healthy choices every day. Add some weight resistance exercise, and you’ll sculpt your body into one that you’ll want to show off at the beach. Of course, a bikini wax isn’t as much of a necessity if you’re hiding at home because you’re not in shape for the swimming pool.
What can green foods do for you?
- Help fight disease
- Supply needed vitamins and minterals such as calcium, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and folate
- Support a healthy digestive system, since green foods are high in fiber
Here’s some information about healthy green foods, to get your mouth watering for good nutrition:
Kiwi is good to eat simply peeled, though the skin is also edible and is packed with fiber. Some more about kiwi:
- It protects our cells’ DNA
- Assists with eye health
- Supports a healthy heart
Kiwi added to smoothies, salads, cold soups, oatmeal, desserts, and dips adds a yummy tropical flavor
Broccoli is an excellent food choice and gives you a boost of calcium, folate, iron, fiber, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamin C. Add broccoli to stir fry dishes, blend it into soups, eat it raw with dip or without, and roast it in the oven.
Kale is in part of the cruciferous vegetable family along with cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and bok choy. Kale can be found near the mustard greens in most supermarkets. It’s simple to cook kale. Rinse thoroughly, tear into bite-sized portions and layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on, add a bit of salt, pepper, and any other favorite herbs and spices. Bake for 10-14 minutes at 375°F. Delicious. What will your body get out of eating kale?
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
- B vitamins
- Omega-3 fatty acids
Look for our continuing series on St.Patrick’s Day greens that will help you get in shape for the swimsuit season and in need of a bikini wax.