The eco-friendly color green is a beautiful hue that represents renewal, health and environment. With the growing movement to “go green” and reduce your carbon footprint for the health of the planet and future generations, you can go green with your diet and boost your health and the health of your family. Here is why you should up your consumption of green fruits and vegetables.
Health benefits of green fruits and vegetables
There are many mouthwatering green foods and the health benefits are just as tremendous. “Greens such as kale, collard greens and spinach contain substances that are beneficial for eye health as well as some substances that may be protective for some cancers,” says Dr. Kathy Hoy of the Produce for Better Health Foundation. With so many options, Hoy adds “Eating a variety of different green foods will help to assure obtaining all the potential benefits.” Just as green vegetables are packed with nutrients. The delicious fruits are just as beneficial. “Fruits such as honeydew melon, kiwifruit and limes are good sources of vitamin C, a wonderful antioxidant that helps wound healing and keeps the gums and teeth healthy,” Hoy explains. (Find out how much vitamin C you need.)
How to eat more green
To incorporate more greens into your diet Hoy suggests being creative with salads. She suggests, “Include a variety of different greens for flavor, interest and nutrition. Fruits that are green are perfect for snacking or incorporating into a fruit salad. Avocado is great as a dip, in salad or on sandwiches.” Sink your teeth into these good for you green vegetables: romaine lettuce, cabbage, kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, cucumber, peas, green pepper, zucchini, edamame and spinach. Don’t forget that herbs are also nutritious greens and packed with antioxidants. And when you need to satisfy a sweet tooth, do it naturally with one of these green fruits: kiwi, honeydew melon, limes, grapes, pears and apples.