Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some green fruits and vegetables!
Dark green vegetables, like spinach and broccoli, are the superstars of the green foods!
Health benefits of dark green vegetables
Rich in fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and regulate digestion.
Great source of potassium, which helps to regulate blood pressure and promotes bone health.
Dark green leafy greens, like kale or spinach, are packed with vitamins and minerals (vitamins A, C, E, K, folate, as well as iron, calcium potassium, and magnesium) to promote overall health and immune function.
Packed with antioxidants, which help to protect cells against damage.
Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt: Green Fruits and Vegetables!
- At your local grocery store, look for all the green fruits and vegetables you can find.
- Examples of green fruits: kiwi, star fruit, avocado, green grapes, green apples, pears, limes, honeydew melon
- Examples of green vegetables: broccoli, kale, spinach, lettuce, collards, bok choy, parsley, cilantro, asparagus, peas, green beans, zucchini, green onion, green bell pepper
- Keep a tally on a scrap paper or on the note section of your phone.
- Make it a family challenge! See who can spot the most green fruits and vegetables.
Ideas to add green vegetables to your family meals:
- Add leafy greens or other green vegetables to your morning eggs, smoothies, sandwiches, wraps, soups, casseroles, and stir-frys
- Add shredded zucchini to banana muffins
- Add broccoli to your macaroni and cheese
- Dice a green bell pepper and add to your taco meat
- Slice green bell peppers and eat raw with your favorite dip
- Pair your lunch or dinner with a leafy green side salad
- Steam your favorite vegetables and toss with your favorite spices for a simple side dish
Get started with this recipe using fresh or frozen broccoli: Broccoli Tots