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Healthy Green Foods to Eat

Eat Green, Get Healthy

St. Patty's Day is all about the green and it is just around the corner. That doesn't only have to mean green beer. There are numerous healthy foods that you can add to your diet to not only up the green, but to also up the health as well. Here are just a few:

  • Avocado: Avocado is a good source of monounsaturated fats, which help lower cholesterol, said Dr. Vickie Vaclavik, clinical assistant professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern. Avocados also are good sources of both vitamin E and lutein, a natural antioxidant that may help maintain eye health.
  • Broccolini: It's packed with the cancer-fighting nutrients isothiocyanates, sulforaphane, and indoles all linked with reducing the risk of breast, prostate, cervical, lung, and other cancers and offers as much vitamin C as orange juice, said Dr. Jo Ann Carson, professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern.
  • Brussels sprouts: Brussels sprouts are another cruciferous vegetable with cancer-fighting phytochemicals. "They're also high in vitamin C and are a good source of folate, vitamin A, and potassium," said Lona Sandon, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern and a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

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  • Kale: A good source of vitamins K, C, and beta carotene. A half-cup of cooked kale packs 1.3 grams of fiber but just 20 calories, said Cindy Cunningham, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern.
  • Nopales: Also known as nopalitos or cactus pads offer numerous nutritious advantages and are a great option for those managing diabetes or high blood pressure. "Not only is it low in calories at 22 calories per cup, the vegetable is also low in sodium and high in fiber," Dr. Carson said. "In addition, a cup contains more calcium than an ounce of cheese and about half the potassium of a banana."
  • Okra: This staple of Southern cuisine is naturally low in calories and a good source of soluble fiber. It also provides some vitamin A.
  • Tomatillo: The vegetable, which is a good source of vitamin C and potassium, is used in salsa verde and can be eaten raw.


Join The Conversation
elle86 elle86 9 years
kale = neato. bought some the other day - i love purple foods!
cocomademoiselle cocomademoiselle 9 years
I love veggies, green or any color, everyday! I try to buy them fresh but sometimes I buy frozen ones.
JessieSP JessieSP 9 years
I love my veggies too, on any day of the week.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
OOOH, I LOVE green veggies!! Broccolini is like broccoli with tender, edible stems. It's very delicious, especially if you roast it. I love brussels sprouts too...I eat them by the bucketload when they're in season. And I love all the bitter greens...kale, chard, collards, mustard greens, dandelions, etc. The trick to making them delish is to blanch them, then rinse them, then finish cooking them so you get rid of the bitterness. They're especially good if you toss them with a bit of red wine vinegar, lemon, and olive oil. I tried nopalitos when I was in was really funny: I mentioned to the woman who was serving them to us that they kind of looked like cactus leaves and she said "That's what they are". I was kind of stunned by that...I never would have thought they would taste good.
pebby01 pebby01 9 years
brussel sprouts are my new favorite vegetable
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 9 years
MMMMMM green veggies - YUMMY! I love all veggies green, blue, purple, red, orange, yellow - I LOVE EM ALL!!! I just don't really like the white ones (POTATOES)
lrgoldman34 lrgoldman34 9 years
I recently re-discovered brussels sprouts when Women's Health Magazine did a faux-March Madness competition between vegetables and the came out on top. I roasted them at 400 degrees for 20 minutes with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Delish! Although sometimes they make me feel like I'm devouring little heads.
Tabloid Tabloid 9 years
Yay for the avocados!
emalove emalove 9 years
Mmmm...avocado. One of my favorite foods for sure.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Thanks Fit!
smellen smellen 9 years
i had a smashed avocado sandwich today: 1/2 an avocado, mashed with a touch of lemon juice & spicy mustard, on whole wheat bread with lettuce & basil. i was a green queen for lunch! and using up the rest of my kale tonight for dinner....
wonduhbread wonduhbread 9 years
wtf is broccolini?
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