See GREEN on St. Patrick's Day and throughout the year.
People who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.
Green fruits and vegetables include leafy greens, asparagus, green peppers, broccoli, green beans, peas, cabbage, green onion, Brussels sprouts, okra, zucchini, Chinese cabbage, green apples, green grapes, honeydew melon, kiwifruit and limes.
Some GREEN ideas for St. Patrick's Day (or any day) include:
- Enjoy a tossed LETTUCE salad. Add extra green with green peppers if you like!
- Corned beef with CABBAGE is a natural for St. Patrick's!
- Include some KIWI FRUIT, GREEN GRAPES AND/OR HONEYDEW MELON in your fruit salad.
- Add AVOCADO slices to salads and sandwiches. To maintain avocados' green color, eat them immediately or sprinkle them with lemon or lime juice. Although 2 tablespoons of avocado have about 5 grams of fat, it's mostly heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
- Enjoy your favorite veggie dip in combination BROCCOLI florets or a favorite fruit dip with GREEN APPLE slices.
- Vegetable pizza with GREEN PEPPERS.
- Serve thinly sliced GREEN ONIONS over rice, pasta dishes, broiled or baked fish, soups—you're limited only by your imagination!
Fruits, MyPlate, United States Department of Agriculture
Vegetables, MyPlate, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
This article was originally written by Alice Henneman. It was reviewed and updated in 2022.