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Healthiest Green Foods: What To Look For

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Doesn’t it seem like green foods are always the healthiest?

Unless it’s artificially colored, chances are your green food is packed with nutrients. This month we’re celebrating green foods and St. Patrick’s Day by highlighting the healthiest choices in the produce aisle.

Leafy Greens such as kale, collards, and spinach, are packed with calcium (great for building strong teeth), and vitamin K (helps prevent cardiovascular disease and blood clots).

  • Avocados are full of potassium, which reduces blood pressure. High blood pressure can be a risk factor for strokes, kidney failure and heart attacks.
  • Nopales (as known as prickly pears) are rich in dietary fibers, which can help to stabilize blood sugar levels.
  • Brussels sprouts are cruciferous veggies that have lots of vitamin A (which helps to keep eyes healthy) and vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant) as well as potassium.
  • Kiwis are surprisingly packed with nutrients for being so small. One kiwi has the same amount of vitamin C as an orange, and more potassium than a banana!
  • Green beans are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Try to eat them raw boiling them can deplete their nutrients.
  • Asparagus is loaded with fiber and vitamins, plus it has more antioxidants than many other fruits and veggies.
  • Celery has anti-inflammatory properties, so while being a great crunchy snack, it may also protect against inflammation.
  • Next time you’re loading up the grocery cart, don’t forget to fill it with the best kinds of greens!

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