As a graduate of Michigan State University, the words “Go Green” automatically stimulate a response of “Go White”. The fact that I went to MSU gives St. Patty’s Day a special place in my heart because it’s another excuse to obnoxiously represent my Alma Matter (even when I work at a rival BIG10 school).
Nutritionally speaking, we know there are tons of benefits to eating green foods! Greens like lettuce, spinach, cucumber, celery, broccoli, peppers, kale, and zucchini are all sources of fiber, and Vitamins A & K. Research tells us that most Americans do not consume enough fiber. Fiber is a powerful nutrient that helps control satiety, aids in weight maintenance, helps keep bowel movements regular, and works to prevent heart disease & diabetes. For adults, recommendations lie between 25-38 grams of fiber per day, depending on age and gender. It’s best to get fiber from its natural source – in food! Foods rich in fiber include fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Here are 3 foods you should eat for a GREENER St. Patrick’s Day
- Green Eggs (no ham): This is my absolute favorite way to prepare eggs because it’s easy, nutritious, and incorporates veggies into breakfast without a noticeable difference. To make green eggs, I put 2 whole eggs in a blender with 2 cups of fresh spinach (or 1 cup of frozen spinach), add a splash of milk and blend until smooth consistency. Spray your frying pan with a light layer of cooking spray and scramble the eggs as you would normally.
- Grips (aka: green chips): Who says you can only make chips out of kale?! I like to bake all types of greens to make these delicious, crunchy morsels. To prepare, simply tear the leaf away from the stalk, thoroughly wash & dry the leaves, then arrange them in a single layer on a lightly sprayed baking sheet. Spray additional cooking oil over the leaves and sprinkle with salt/cinnamon/pepper/sugar/ginger <– OOPS! I mean salt/pepper/garlic powder 😉 Cook at 350 degrees (F) for 15 minutes, or until crispy. Pictured below: Turnip Greens, Collard Greens & Kale.
- Shamrock Shake (hold the diabetes): For this one, check out Salt’s blog feature from 2016. You can access it here.
I would love to hear from YOU! Comment below with your favorite GREEN foods. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all… GO GREEN! 🍀 -Pepper