Eating o’ the Green

Suzie's ShamrockSaint Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays.  Little shamrocks adorn my house and work space for all 31 days of the month of March.  To honor my beloved shamrock and National Nutrition month I thought I would pick my three favorite green fruits and vegetables that are easy to snack on throughout a busy day.  Green fruits and vegetables are loaded with important vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and potassium.  Eating a diet rich in green produce can help reduce the risk of some cancers, maintain strong bones and teeth, and promote good vision health.

Fruit:

Green Grapes:  These are by far the easiest grab- and- go fruit snack.  Pick a bag up at the market, wash them, prepackage them in baggies and grab them right out of the fridge for a good snack.  Keeping grapes out on the counter makes it easier to snack on something healthy instead of reaching for the chips.

Granny Smith Apples:  If you like tart snacks this is the perfect mid-day break for you.  Because green apples have a higher acid content than other apples, they take longer to go brown once you cut into them.  So keep them whole or slice it up and snack away!

Kiwi:  This fuzzy, green brown fruit was my favorite as a kid.  I loved the bright green color once you cut into the kiwi and the little black seeds always added an extra pop when eating them.  Kiwis are a little time consuming to peel and slice but worth the work.  If you are short on time, cut it in half and carefully spoon out the fruit inside.

Vegetables:

Cucumber:  This clean tasting vegetable is my favorite to snack on.  You can add anything to it and it is delicious.  I add hummus, cheese slices, even tuna and it’s the perfect little mid-day snack.  Slice up a cucumber and your options are limitless.  If you haven’t added cucumber slices to your water you don’t know what you’ve been missing!

Edamame:  These little green soybeans have the same snacking sensation as popcorn!  I buy mine in frozen individual servings so I can pop them in to the microwave at work add a dash of salt and snack my way through an afternoon conference call.  These are also great to add to salads and stir fry.

Sugar Snap Peas:  If summer had a taste I think it would taste like sugar snap peas.  I have fond memories of eating these straight out of my aunt’s garden.  I would eat them whole in the pod or break them open.  Now I pick up a bag from the market and eat them by themselves or dip them in hummus or ranch dressing.

Be sure to pack some of these lucky green treats with you on Saint Patrick’s Day and every day.

For each petal on the shamrock

This brings a wish your way

Good health, good luck, and happiness

For today and every day

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  1. Megan Smith

     /  March 13, 2015

    Gotta love those greens!

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