St. Patrick’s Day is this month, and what comes to mind when you think of this holiday? GREEN! So what better than to focus on green foods and their powerful health benefits.
Are you and your family eating enough greens? The USDA recommends consuming three cups of dark green, leafy vegetables per week, which should not be hard to achieve. You may not be aware of the wide variety of greens available or know how to prepare them. Greens are packed with nutrients and can fit into any meal.
The darker the color the more nutrients.
Types of Greens
Arugula Mustard greens
Greens contain many minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium as well as vitamins C, E, K and B. In addition, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and omega-3 fats can be found in greens. Who would have thought a little piece of “lettuce” could hold so much nutritional power? Green leafy herbs such as basil, parsley, cilantro and mint also contain many of the same nutrients
Greens are packed with vitamin K; a cup of most cooked greens provides at least nine times the minimum recommended intake of vitamin K. You can also meet your daily requirement of vitamin K with just a few cups of dark salad greens. Vitamin K is a very important nutrient, and most of us do not get enough of it. Vitamin K helps with:
• Regulating blood clotting
• Protecting bones
• Preventing arteriosclerosis (abnormal thickening and hardening of the arteries)