Go for the GREEN on St. Patrick's Day

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Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, UNL Extension in Lancaster County

4-leaf cloverSee GREEN on St. Patrick's Day and throughout the year.broccoli

Green fruits and vegetables contain many health-promoting phytochemicals including lutein and indoles. They help protect against certain cancers and help maintain vision health and strong bones and teeth.

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:

  • 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. Though 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!
  • Start thinking GREEN — here are some more ideas graciously shared by Jan Patenaude, RD: Spinach noodles (topping of choice); spinach souffle; spinach, asparagus and/or green pepper omelets with parsley garnish; pesto on anything; cream of broccoli or spinach soups; finely diced spinach in any chicken noodle/rice/orzo soups; glazed kiwi over a sponge/angel food base.