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Ask A Dietitian: Get More Green in Your Diet
In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day go green and enjoy these fun facts on green fruits and vegetables.
- Green leafy vegetables such as kale, arugula, greens, swiss chard, and spinach are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and folate. Darker color usually suggests more concentrated nutrients in fruits and vegetables regardless of the color. So try mixing some of these dark green leafy veggies into your traditional salad for a nutrient power punch!
- It’s a great time to eat avocados! Did you know avocados are in season during late winter and early spring? Avocados provide several important nutrients like potassium, folate, heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats and fiber. Instead of mayonnaise, try spreading avocado on your sandwich for a healthy lunch makeover.
- Another nutrient-packed green food is kiwi. Kiwi fruit is actually a berry and is packed with great antioxidants, Vitamin C, and fiber. Are you a fan of those 100 calorie snacks? Then you’ll love kiwis! One kiwi has only 45 calories!
- Snow peas and snap peas are packed with Vitamins A, C and K and are also a good source of fiber. These green veggies can both be eaten with the pod so if you like something crisp and crunchy to eat with your sandwich grab a bag of snow or snap peas from the produce aisle.
A good way to increase fruit and vegetable intake is to include them in every meal or have them on hand for snacks. Including fruits and vegetables from all five color groups (red, orange/yellow, green, blue/purple, and white) is important in having a more complete diet. This month let’s try to get a little more green in our diet!
For nutritional counseling, Norman Regional Health System offers the guidance of registered dietitians. Those interested can schedule an appointment for an assessment with a referral from their family physician.
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