March is National Nutrition Month

Go Green For March!

March is the month of nutrition, and with St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner there is no better time to discuss the importance of eating green vegetables!  Green vegetables can be found in the form of spinach, broccoli, artichokes, asparagus, celery, peas, green beans, green peppers, and leafy greens, among others.  The darker in color the vegetables are the more packed they tend to be with essential vitamins and minerals.

Green vegetables are filled with vitamines, minerals, antioxidants, chlorophyll, lutein, zeaxanthin, calcium, folate, and beta-carotene.  Vegetables are not only low in fat and calories, but their nutrients provide all of the following health benefits:

  • Reduce the risk of cancer
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce LDL cholesterol levels
  • Regulate bowel movements and digestion
  • Improve immune system
  • Assist in weight loss and weight management
  • Help maintain health

So next time you’re looking for a snack consider munching on some broccoli or sugar snap peas. Try replacing ice-berg lettuce with romaine lettuce or spinach when indulging in a salad. Always try to eat a green vegetable with every meal, and focus on eating a variety of green vegetables every day!

Excerpts from:

myplate.gov

ahealthiermichigan.org

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