We know that green vegetables (and fruits) are good for us, and we hear all the time that we need to be eating more of them. So, what’s with these green foods anyway? Here are 5 that are packed full of nutrients and are essential to a healthy diet.
Spinach - Whether you add it to your smoothie, or throw some in your favorite salad, spinach is a great addition to your daily meal plan. Spinach is packed full of vitamin C and A, and fiber. One great advantage of vitamin A is that is has been shown to help fight off certain types of cancer, and is great for your skin. If you don’t love it in a salad or smoothie try using cooked spinach which can actually provide more antioxidants than uncooked spinach.
Kale - Similar to spinach, Kale provides plenty of vitamin C and A. It is also a great source of calcium, providing 24mg a cup. Kale is also full of vitamin K which helps with blood clotting.
Avocados - Avocados are a great addition to your weekly meal routine. They are great sliced on tuna sandwiches, add them to your salad or on toast with eggs for breakfast. The options are endless with this green fruit. Just like bananas, avocadosare a great source of potassium. They even contain a good deal more than bananas which provide around 400 mg per medium banana, and an avocado has about 690 mg. Avocados are full of good fats that can aid in lowering cholesterol levels and help with inflammation.
Pistachios - If you are looking for another source of protein besides meat, look no further. Pistachios contain 6 grams of protein in just 1/4 cup! These green nuts are also a great source of fiber.
Broccoli - Last, but not least, broccoli is low in calories (a 1/2 cup, or one serving, contains 25 calories), and high in vitamin C. Fresh broccoli is an excellent source of folates, which are important for women who are trying to get pregnant since they help with neural tube defects with the fetus.
As you are prepping your grocery list this week, try and add some of these yummy greens to your meals. At Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle LLC we are concerned for your foot health which means we are concerned about your overall health as well. Dr. Evan Merrill understands the importance of eating healthy and wants to help you with your foot problems the best he can. Make an appointment today by calling 541-776-3338 or by filling out our online form.