Eat the Rainbow: Greens

Eat the Rainbow: Green foods are a powerhouse for nutrients!

Can you count every time you heard “Eat your greens!” growing up? Well today we’re going to talk about why that was probably one of the best pieces of advice you’ve been given! Leafy green veggies have some of the highest density of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  

More than just containing phytonutrients, many green foods also contain amino acids. Serine, for example, is an essential amino acid that supports functions like manufacturing proteins, energy, cell membranes and it even has a role in synthesizing DNA. Serine can be found in green foods like asparagus, seaweed, spinach and watercress.  

Here are some Green foods that are packed with these powerhouse nutrients: 

Green apples, artichoke, asparagus, avocado, bean sprouts, green bell peppers, bitter melon, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, celery, cucumbers, green beans, green peas, decaf green tea, leafy greens (arugula, collard, swiss chard, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, spinach and turnip greens), limes, okra, olives, pears, snow peas, watercress and zucchini. 

As you plan out your menu this week –when in doubt – think Green!