Blog post by Beth Waisburd, our health coach.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! We’re all seeing green and hoping for the luck of the Irish. While you don’t need luck to achieve a healthy lifestyle, you do need to eat your greens! From kale to kiwi, avocados to arugula – the benefits of green foods are unlimited and deserve a parade of their own. Here are some lesser known greens to celebrate:
Kombu – An edible kelp, this seaweed is known for reducing blood cholesterol and hypertension. It’s packed with iron, calcium, and vitamins A & C. It’s also high in iodine to help with thyroid function. Add dried or pickled kombu to your favorite soups or stews and you will enjoy a richer flavor. Add kombu to your beans and it’s enzymes will make them easier to digest.
Spirulina – A member of the blue-green algae family, this cyanobacteria comes in a tablet, flake or powder form. It’s rich in protein, vitamin E and many minerals including zinc, copper, iron and manganese. Some research suggests that spirulina may help increase production of antibodies and consequently improve immune function. Spirulina can be added to your sweet or savory recipes. It’s also a great addition to your favorite smoothy.
Green Tea – Green tea is minimally processed and retains a group of antioxidants known as catechins. Catechins protect our cells from damage and help decrease the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Green tea also has polyphenols with anti-inflammatory effects to protect against arthritis and certain types of cancer. A steamy cup contains specific amino acids that yield a calming effect to help with stress and chronic fatigue syndrome.
So Irish or not, wear your finest green on the outside but nourish your body with greens on the inside as well. With so many to choose, eat green, and you’re bound to find luck with your health.