St. Patrick’s Day green vegetables

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


I’d like to take this well-sought opportunity to thank all of you for reading this blog over the past few weeks or months. I hope it’s been helpful and your support is great! If you have comments, suggestions or something you’d love to see, I’d like to hear from you.

Your healthy goal for the day: eat one green fruit or vegetable!

Fruits

Avocado: Whip up a quick guacamole or roll it in rice with cucumber and serve with Asian dipping sauce. Good for your skin and hair (its health properties work better if you eat it, rather than using it on your face). Rich in vitamin B, E and K. It contains monounsaturated fats and 60% more potassium than bananas. Of all fruits, avocado is one of the highest in fibre.

Cucumber: A well-rounded fruit that tastes great with avocado (Japanese style!) or in a salad or couscous.

Vegetables

Broccoli: There are many ways to make broccoli taste better: cook it with garlic, lemon or add a stir-fry sauce. Rich in vitamin A, C and K, as well as dietary fibre and containing anti-cancer properties.
Rapini: Cook it in a pan with garlic and Italian olives—yum! The definition of bitter, rapini calls for an acquired taste. I used to find it pure bitterness but five rapini attempts later, I find it so delicious! Rich in vitamin A, C and K, with potassium, calcium and iron.
Spinach: Excellent source of iron—woohoo, celebrate good times, come on! Unless, of course, you don’t like spinach. If the slimy cooked version does not appeal to you, eat it dry in a salad with pecans or almonds. Spinach also contains calcium, but its calcium is combined with a property that limits its absorption. Also, calcium limits iron’s absorption. Thanks a lot, eh?

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2 Responses

  1. I am steaming broccoli as I write this comment. Kale is an excellent green leafy vegetable and it’s great raw or cooked. I also roasted some brussel sprouts. I am going to toss the bright green cold broccoli (still crunchy) with the cooled brussels and put them in a green salad with dark, green leafy Romaine and avocados, red onion and grated carrot. Dress it all with a little olive oil, citrus vinegar, maple syrup and garlic mustard and sit down to dinner. How’s that for adding greens to the diet?

    VG

    • Wow, you are the example of eating green and healthy! I hope that, with time, I will be able to eat such a salad without cringing (I don’t encounter brussel sprouts very often–or at all!). I’m especially on the look out for new salads so this is excellent 🙂 Maple syrup, eh? And woohoo for steaming broccoli as we speak! St. Patrick’s Day is proud too 😉

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