While a huge plate of corned beef, cabbage, and Irish soda bread washed down with a pint of Guinness is a St. Patty's Day staple, it's not exactly the healthiest way to celebrate this holiday. Mix it up and go green with these healthy recipes featuring low-calorie, high-fiber leafy greens.
Better Than Trader Joe's Kale Salad
Made with raw kale, edamame, garbanzos, and cranberries, this protein-packed salad is flavored with basil and mint. Your body is sure to appreciate that kale is rich in bone-strengthening calcium, as well as immune-boosting vitamins A and C.
Spinach, Apple, and Feta Salad
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Don't have a ton of time? This salad made with fresh spinach, sliced apples, and feta cheese, and tossed with red wine vinegar and only takes minutes to prep. Spinach helps you get your fill of folate (great for pregnant and nursing mommas), iron, and potassium.
Rainbow Chard, Avocado, Asparagus Quinoa With Orange Champagne Vinaigrette
Keep reading for this delicious chard and quinoa recipe as well as a crostini appetizer featuring arugula.
Made with protein-rich quinoa, this dish features brilliantly colored rainbow chard, asparagus, and ripe avocado full of sweet flavor and fiber. Chard is rich in vitamins A, K, and C, and if you've never cooked with it, it acts similarly to kale, but loses a little more volume.
Arugula and Fava Bean Crostini
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For a little predinner nibble, this crostini topping is made with baby arugula and fresh fava beans, and flavored with zesty mint and lemon, with a hint of parmigiano-reggiano. Arugula not only offers a uniquely spicy bite, but it's an excellent source of vitamin A, folate, calcium, and potassium.