Eating Green and Clean for a Healthy St. Patrick’s Day

It may be St. Patrick’s Day, but you don’t need the luck of the Irish to increase your chances of living a longer, healthier life. Instead, consider skipping the beer, corned beef and Irish soda bread today, and opting for green fruits and vegetables.

Did You Know?

  • Only 1 in 10 U.S. adults eat the recommended amount of fruits or vegetables each day (MORE)
  • The amount of fruit and vegetables a person should eat depends on age, sex, and level of physical activity, and can vary between 1 and 3 cups per food group each day (MORE)

Eating Green This St. Patrick’s Day

Green fruits and vegetables contain many vitamins, minerals and nutrients that may help prevent certain diseases, including heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. St. Patrick’s Day provides a fun time to gather your greens and incorporate them into a healthy, balanced diet. Here are some items to add to your next grocery haul:

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumber
  • Green Beans
  • Peas
  • Edamame
  • String Beans
  • Avocado
  • Kiwi
  • Apples
  • Grapes

Sources: American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Agriculture