If you've got big party plans for Saint Patrick's Day, it sure wouldn’t hurt to ramp up your green nutrition intake! Here are a few of the best green foods to make part of your regular routine:
1. Dark Leafy GreensLeafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens are an especially rich source of the vitamins and minerals your body requires, and if your diet is deficient in these foods, it can be very difficult to lose weight. These greens also provide high concentrations of antioxidants including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and lutein. The darker green a vegetable, the more antioxidant pigments it contains!
Overindulging in alcohol depletes nutrients from your body, so if you imbibe on Saint Paddy’s day, replenish yourself quickly with a green juice!
With their high fiber content and healthy fats, avocados will help you fill you up without giving you that bloated feeling. They are the fruit with the highest fiber content and provide more potassium than bananas.
There's a widespread misconception that avocados are fattening, but the majority of the fat found in avocados is oleic acid, a fatty acid that promotes beautiful skin and hair- not the type of fat that makes your jeans too tight.
Celery has been getting A LOT of attention lately- specifically, celery juice. Celery juice is the newest viral health craze and it doesn’t look like the trend is slowing down anytime soon. Why? Advocates are raving that this simple tonic is totally banishing their bloat, boosting their energy, making their skin glow, and more!
Drink Celery Juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach as part of your daily routine and join the movement!
4. Matcha Green Tea
Upgrade your daily caffeine fix! Unlike coffee, which can make you jittery and nervous, matcha green tea provides relaxed, focused energy. This is due to high concentrations of the calming amino acid L-Theanine which slows the release of caffeine and minimizes the crash.
Plus matcha green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea! Most notably, matcha is a rich source of an antioxidant compound called EGCG which can help boost your metabolism.
This beautifully hued blue-green algae is an extremely nutrient-dense superfood. A small spoonful contains an impressive concentration of micronutrients including B vitamins, calcium, and iron. Spirulina is a fantastic source of antioxidants and provides vegan protein. Sprinkle this umami sea vegetable in smoothies, salads, soups, quinoa bowls, etc. to increase your daily nutrient intake!