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Adding Green – for St. Patrick’s Day, of course!

 

 
st. patrick's day, irish, irish greensWell, usually when we think of getting out our green for St. Patrick’s Day, vegetables are not on our minds, right?  But with the amazing health benefits of these powerful green vegetables, we could add an amazing punch to our lifestyle by incorporating these “greens” on a more regular basis.

 

spinach, greens, cooking with spinach, spinach recipesLet’s start with spinach (which, of course, was Popeye’s favorite!); it is packed with Vitamins A, B, C, E, and K.  These vitamins help our bodies with things like immunity against infections, nerve development, healthy skin and eyes, keeping blood cells healthy, wound healing, iron absorption, neutralizing harmful free radical molecules (which can cause heart disease, strokes and various kinds of cancer), blood clotting, and bone metabolism, just to name a few!  On top of all this, spinach also is high in calcium, iron, and magnesium, minerals that contribute to healthy bones, help protect against high blood pressure, and help carry oxygen to our cells.  Some easy ways to add spinach? Throw it into a salad with the lettuce or put it on a sandwich.  Cook it with scrambled eggs or an omelet for breakfast, or add it to a favorite soup, stew, casserole or pasta dish for dinner.  Try these simple spinach recipes.

 

kale, kale chips, kale recipes, For a traditional Irish touch to your St. Patrick’s Day, whip up a batch of colcannon (kale mixed with mashed potatoes).  Kale provides a valuable mix of Vitamins A, B9, C and K along with calcium and potassium.  This means improved brain and nerve function, help maintaining normal blood pressure, and even aids with minimizing muscle soreness after working out.  Other than using kale in the colcannon, mentioned above, try making some kale chips!  Or chop up some kale for adding to slow-cooked soups, stew or chili.

 

broccoli, swiss chard, collard greens, greens, vegetables, healthy cooking, Collard greens, swiss chard, and broccoli are some other terrific greens for receiving healthy benefits from the vitamins and minerals they contain.  Collard greens with vitamins A, B, C and K plus calcium and protein helps support natural metabolism along with helping keep hair and skin healthy.  They are delicious steamed with some carrots and zucchini; they are also easy to add to soups or stews.  Swiss chard can be cut into long, thin strips to saute with fresh spinach, or use baby varieties of it in salads.  It contains vitamins A, C, and K, as well as calcium, iron, and potassium.  Lastly, throw in some broccoli with whatever you might be steaming or stir-frying, and reap the benefits of its vitamins A and B with calcium.  So many ways to easily add some green healthy foods to the every-day routine.

And tell us about your favorite way to add or prepare greens in the kitchen.  Keep your favorite recipes in your own online cookbook here at Dish Dish!

Have fun Dishin’!

 
 

March 14th, 2013

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