St. Patrick’s Day is March 17…MM’s bring on the “GREEN”

Everywhere you look people are getting in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. There are so many annual St. Patrick’s Day parades and related festivities in NJ, that some towns move their parade to preceding weekends so celebrators can attend on the two weekends preceding St. Patrick’s day!  Last weekend in Hoboken, children, teens, and adults (many of whom aren’t lick of Irish), turned in their typical dark colored winter clothing for the “wearing of the green.”  

 

Food and drink turns green as well!  Green colored Irish soda bread, beers and lagers, pancakes, bagels…..green-colored carbs galore!!!! 

 

Whether you’re of Irish descent (or not)… join in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day… The Metabolism Miracle way! Proudly consume your “greens”.  Be conscious of what you are eating…and make sure that on all Steps of The Miracle, you are eating liberal “neutral” green vegetables. 

 

A general rule of thumb is that if a veggie is green, it is neutral. (with the exception of peas, lima beans). Many of these vegetables serve a greater purpose for your overall health than being a convenient side dish to any MM meal. So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, add a little green to your breakfast, lunch, or dinner…. Here are some reasons why! 

 

 

 

Broccoli:

Broccoli is a “super” veggie as it is packed with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and folic acid. In addition, broccoli contains sulforaphane and increases the activity of enzymes that squelch cancer-causing agents.  Toss broccoli in a pan with some extra virgin olive oil and garlic and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese to pair with any chicken, steak, or seafood dish. Toss some florets on your favorite salad, or just enjoy it dipped in French onion dip! Add some to your morning eggs.  There are many ways to do it up even if you are not a big fan of broccoli. (Those who don’t like the flavor of broccoli may prefer eating it uncooked as the cooking process releases sulfur in cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and the released sulfur gives these veggies their distinct aroma Raw broccoli may be more palatable for those who dislike its cooked flavor… 

 

Spinach:

Spinach is a versatile vegetable in that it can be enjoyed as a base for your favorite salad, cooked, or added to some of your favorite recipes. Spinach is a great source of iron, fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and folic acid. (when you cook spinach, it loses almost ½ of its folic acid content!!!).  Any way you serve it, spinach is another great “super” veggie to add to your daily intake in a variety of ways. 

 

Asparagus:

 Asparagus is an odd looking vegetable that some people shy away from because they are not sure what to expect when they eat it. This hearty vegetable can be grilled, steamed, or boiled and makes a delicious addition to any protein you prepare. Asparagus is a great source of B6. 

 

Green Beans:

 Although they are labeled “beans”, green beans are very low in carbohydrate while being packed with fiber. As compared to a lima, kidney, white beans, or lentils (which are higher on the glycemic index), green beans do not cause spikes in blood sugar, hence they are a perfect neutral accompaniment to any lunch or dinner. Green beans provide the benefits of vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and folic acid. 

 

Brussels Sprouts:

A mini looking cabbage surrounded by an undeserved stigma. The little Brussels sprout is a vegetable that often gets overlooked and passed up because it is not as common as the above vegetables. This tiny, yet mighty vegetable contains indole-3-carbinal (which helps to boost DNA repair in cells and appears to help block the growth of cancer cells). 

 

So fellow MM’s….remember your “GREEN” on St. Patrick’s Day and everyday!  Neutral, full of fiber, B vitamins, anti-oxidants, Vitamin C, and minerals….your Green Veggies are a “free” way to fill up and get healthy!  Diane

 

 

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About Diane Kress

Author of The New York Times Bestseller; The Metabolism Miracle, The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook, and The Diabetes Miracle. and The Metabolism Miracle, Revised Edition. Owner, developer, and administrator of The Metabolism Miracle's support site: www.Miracle-Ville.com. Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, www.themetabolismmiracle.com www.thediabetesmiracle.com www.miracle-ville.com Email: dietquestions@ymail.com
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