Thursday, March 13, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I enjoy celebrating the holidays and am anticipating St. Patrick's Day on Monday. When my kids were little, I used to read Green Eggs and Ham to them on St. Patrick's Day morning and then make scrambled eggs with green food coloring. I don't do that anymore but I do enjoy making corned beef and cabbage and whole-wheat Irish Soda bread for a special celebration.

What naturally green foods can you enjoy this St. Patrick's Day?

Kale is trendy right now. It is a powerhouse of nutrition, rich in calcium, vitamin A, vitamin K, iron and fiber. Add some to salads or soups. I enjoy the bagged kale salad from Costco.

Green Tea has been linked to protection against diabetes, heart disease and obesity. It might slow the growth of cancer. I brew a gallon of green tea at a time and enjoy it all day long. I have developed such a taste for it that I crave it over most other beverages.

Kiwi has more vitamin C than an orange and is also rich in the antioxidant lutein. You can actually eat the skin but if you prefer not to, you can peel and slice it to eat as is or to add to salads. Another way to eat a kiwi is to slice it in half crosswise and scoop it out with a spoon.

Basil is an amazing herb. It has fiber, vitamins A, C, K, and B6 as well as calcium, zinc and iron. You can add basil to your salad for a flavor punch. Try topping your whole-wheat veggie pizza with slivers of basil. What about including it in whole-wheat pasta along with broccoli & a few artichoke hearts? Since basil can be pricey, I like to buy the basil plant and have it available in my kitchen for a few weeks.

Cabbage is economical and and low in calories. It contains sinigrin which has shown unique cancer preventive properties. Cabbage also has cholesterol-lowering benefits which are enhanced when it is steamed. Add cabbage to your winter vegetable list along with butternut squash and sweet potatoes.

Enjoy a little GREEN at your table this week.

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