By: Emily Roberts MA, LPC
St. Patrick’s Day is this Saturday, the perfect time to incorporate some greens into your diet and your child to try something new. Make this holiday about incorporating fun, healthy, nutritious, and good for you greens into your diet.
Pistachios- these protein filled nuts are one of the most nutritious snack out there! They are the lowest calorie nut and provide a wealth of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. Grab a handful as a snack or throw them on you favorite salad. Kids love them, and the shell makes them fun to eat. http://www.pistachiohealth.com/
Kale Chips- now you may be thinking “there is no way something this green can taste good!” They do! You can buy them at your local natural foods store or make your own. Kale is a super food that is by far one of the most nutritious greens and when you bake them, this leafy green turns into a crispy, delicious snack. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/baked-kale-chips/
Kiwis- technically Kiwi’s are a berry and referred to as the kiwifruit. They have more vitamin c than an orange, are filled with as much potassium as a banana, and contain less than 50 calories. There are many other powerful ingredients. Eat them on their own or add to a fruit salad for a change of pace and a pop of color. http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/the-nutrition-of-kiwi.html
Edamame- Also known as the “soy bean,” this vegetable is packed with protein and has heart healthy benefits. It’s a great “green food” that can be eaten as a snack, pureed into dishes, and is even used in some deserts. I personally like mine with a bit of sea salt and soy sauce. http://www.edamame.com/
Avocado- One of the best foods you can eat! Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, and are considered “good fat”. So serve up some guacamole and chips, add some avocado to your next dish or eat one with a little sea salt. Delicious! http://www.avocado.org/nutrition/
So don’t forget to wear green, head to the grocery store, and get your greens in!
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