The Health Benefits of Saint Patrick’s Day: Green Vegetables

16 Mar

Saint Patrick's Day Green SpinachSaint Patrick’s Day is synonymous with Ireland, beer and the color green. Since green is top-of-mind for many Saint Patrick’s Day fanatics, I figured no day is better to share the health benefits of green food!

There’s no such thing as a super-food, but if one existed, it would be a green vegetable. Dark, leafy greens are chocked full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients necessary for full body health. Many college students overlook green vegetables as a source of nutrition, but in lieu of Saint Patrick’s Day, why not embrace the greens! (Sorry, green beer doesn’t count)

Health Benefits of Green Vegetables

The USDA recommends eating 1 1/2 to 2 cups of dark green vegetables each week. Why you ask? Well, green vegetables are linked to colon and heart health. They are also rich in fiber, potassium, folate and vitamin A. But that’s not all, green veggies are cholesterol free and low in fat, sodium and calories!

Still want to know more? Lets get more specific.

Top Green Vegetables

  • Kale
  • Collards
  • Spinach

Nutritional Benefits of Kale

Kale is a form of cabbage that is slightly bitter in flavor. It’s jam packed with vitamins A, C, K and even beta-carotene. It also contains as much calcium as a glass of milk!

Nutritional Benefits of Collards

Collards or collard greens are the same species of cabbage or broccoli. It is a dark, leafy vegetable similar in flavor to cabbage. It is a good source of vitamin C and K and contains multiple nutrients with anticancer properties.

Nutritional Benefits of Spinach

Spinach is the dark leafy green people are most familiar with, but most people don’t know that it’s rich in vitamins A and C and also folate. It is also considered high in iron and calcium!

Remember to go green this Saint Patrick’s Day and eat your veggies!

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6 Responses to “The Health Benefits of Saint Patrick’s Day: Green Vegetables”

  1. juiceplusforyou March 16, 2013 at 7:36 pm #

    Reblogged this on juiceplusforyou and commented:
    Thanks!

  2. 5adaycatering March 17, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    happy st patrick’s day

  3. 5adaycatering March 17, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Reblogged this on Food Glorious Food and commented:
    Happy St Patrick’s Day everyone, saw this post and though it was topical and interesting.

    • meganrodkey March 18, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      Thanks! Hope you had a happy and healthy Saint Patrick’s Day!

      • 5adaycatering March 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

        We did, I hope yours was good also.

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