Blog post written by Ashley Clumb, IUPUI Dietetic Intern
March not only includes the greenest day of the year (St. Patrick’s Day), but it is also National Nutrition Month®! This is the perfect time to try some green foods for better nutrition. Eating “green” doesn’t have to feel like a chore. There are so many ways you can sneak greens into your everyday routine in order to live a healthier life!
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4 Reasons to Eat More Green Vegetables
First, let's take a look at why eating green veggies is important:
The daily recommended amount of total vegetables is 2-4 cups for adults and 1-3 cups for children, depending on their age. For an easy visual, use your hands! A clenched fist is about the size of one cup. Note: 2 cups of raw leafy vegetables (like lettuce, kale, spinach, or greens) only count as one cup because they are so light and airy!
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6 Ways to Add More Greens to Your Meals
Eating green vegetables can be a challenge, especially if you aren't a fan of the taste. Try these helpful tips to make it a little easier:
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Recipes for "Going Green"
Gleaners is working hard to provide our neighbors with more produce options - including green vegetables - to support the health of our community. We are constantly seeking new varieties of produce that are familiar to our diverse neighbors, so you may see some fruits and vegetables that you have never tried before!
Check out the recipes below for more tasty ideas on how to eat “green”!
Sarah Wilson, RDN, Nutrition Manager at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, along with guest blog posts by dietetic interns