Gone are the days where this annual date meant gatherings with friends to wear green and drink green coloured beverages. Currently, St. Patrick’s Day is just another day in the month of March for me.
Since St. Patrick’s Day goes hand in hand with the colour green, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to remind everyone to have, at minimum, a serving of dark green leafy vegetables everyday. Having a serving dark green leafy vegetables is not hard (i.e. 1 c raw dark green leafy vegetable or 1/2 c cooked dark green leafy vegetables) throughout the day; however, it would be more a challenging goal to recommend having a serving of dark green leafy vegetables at every meal.
When I ask individuals what his/her favourite dark green vegetable is, many individuals automatically reply broccoli and/or spinach. Many individuals still have yet to discover swiss chard, rapini, collard greens, dandelion greens, gai lan, watercress and snow pea shoots. Did you notice how I did not mention kale? I know many individuals may not like the taste of kale; however, have you given baby kale a try? Just like baby spinach, baby kale is much easier to chew and has a milder taste. Don’t rule out kale just yet!!! How can anyone forget brussel sprouts? Roasted brussels are SO SO good! If you haven’t had roasted brussel sprouts, you are missing out!!!!
Good skin is a reflection of what you put on your skin but also what you put inside your body; therefore, bumping up your dark green vegetable intake is only going to improve your skin health as dark green vegetables are a great source of vitamins, minerals and fibre (all things needed to build healthy & glowing skin). Notice how I did not point out any specific dark green vegetable as being a superfood? I didn’t point any one specifically out because all the dark green vegetables should be part of your diet regularly. Don’t discriminate against any! 😉