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Fill Your Plate with Greens!

Holly Clegg

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Mar 14th, 2014

Spring Greens

When National Nutrition Month and St Patrick’s Day celebrations combine, it is the perfect reason to fill your plate with green! Why not branch out and add new veggies to your plate – you may just discover a new favorite. Though it has been around a while, kale is a trendy green that has had a resurgence in popularity recently and for good reason! Just one cup of kale boasts a whopping 5 grams of fiber, 15% of your daily calcium recommended intake, 180% of vitamin A, and 200% of vitamin C! Try it in salads, add it to smoothies and even bake it with a little olive oil and a sprinkle of salt for yummy Kale chips. From spinach to broccoli, edamame to avocado – even pistachio – there is no better time to eat those greens that we know are good for us. Here are some of my green greats – what a fun and delicious way to eat green!

-    Don’t count out frozen! Often frozen veggies are great substitutes for fresh – just look for those without fat or sugar added.

-    Spinach is chocked full of nutrition by its vibrant rich green color – concentrated in phytonutrients and flavonoids, offering healthy antioxidant protection.

-    12 cups uncooked spinach = 2 cups cooked — that’s 12 cups of nutrients packed into two!

-    Did you know that broccoli is a significant source of highly absorbable calcium? It is also an anti- inflammatory powerhouse, rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C and carotenoids.

-    Soybeans, or edamame, are a good source of fiber, 1 cup cooked providing over 40% of your daily recommended intake.

To add some spring in your step, and try these great recipes!

Mediterranean Chicken Spinach Salad
Get the recipe here.

Kale Salad with Fruity Vinaigrette
Get the recipe here.

 

Log on to Holly’s website, www.hollyclegg.com for more easy, healthy recipes.

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