Can you believe that St. Paddy’s Day is already here? We sure can’t, but we’re not complaining — we love getting into the spirit with green foods. We’re not talking artificially colored green foods. Some of the most delicious and fun foods are naturally green. Here are a few of our favorites, including two recipes to help you celebrate!
1. Pistachios: These tiny green nuts pack serious nutritional power…and a whole lot of flavor. An ounce of pistachios (49 nuts!) weighs in at around 160 calories and delivers 3 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, and as much potassium as half a banana. Now that’s a great snack. We also love them chopped up and stirred into oatmeal, or tossed with popcorn and dark chocolate for a treat.
2. Spinach: While no one is doubting kale’s awesomeness, spinach has more than a few nutritious tricks up its sleeve…err stem. Check out our Battle of the Greens //www.bumblebee.com/qa-battle-of-the-greens-which-are-the-healthiest/ to see just how spinach stacks up to kale in the ultimate nutrition show-down.
3. Kiwi: This furry little fruit packs in major amounts of vitamin C. A single kiwi possesses nearly two times the amount of vitamin C as an orange. Vitamin C is important in protecting our body’s cells from damage and also in making collagen (which is a VIP when it comes to strong and healthy hair, skin, and nails). Try blending kiwi into a smoothie, using it as a yogurt topping, or just eating it straight-up as a snack.
4. Basil: Basil is in the mint family and is filled with vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, and vitamin A. Not only does this herb have a delicious flavor, but the smell always reminds us of summertime. We love to tear a few basil leaves and add them to salads. You can also try muddling a few leaves with a wedge of lime and a teaspoon of honey and mixing with ice and seltzer (adult version: add an ounce of vodka or gin) for a refreshing drink.
5. Parsley: More than just a plate decoration, parsley is said to improve digestion and freshen your breath. So, the next time you finish your meal, give that plate decor a little nibble! We also love mixing chopped parsley into salmon and tuna salad to give it a vibrant, fresh flavor. You can even add a sprig to a smoothie for the same effect.
6. Green Pancakes: Our recipe for green pancakes is not only fun (for kids AND adults), but delicious. Whip up a batch and prepare to have a breakfast full of smiles.
7. Power Smoothie: This smoothie recipe is popular with our private clients — from triathletes to kids to people who never thought they’d like a smoothie. We sip it ourselves on a regular basis, too. Give it a whirl (get it?) and we guarantee it will keep you satisfied and energized throughout the morning. (Power Smoothie recipe no longer available- here’s an alternative) http://cjnutrition.com/recipe/chocolate-peanut-butter-secret-ingredient-breakfast-smoothie/
What are your favorite green foods?