It IS Easy Being Green… Sorry, Kermit
by Michael S. Tyrrell
March 16, 2021
Top o’ the mornin’ to ya, Wholetonians!
Since I’m an Irishman, I thought it would be fun and appropriate to tie St. Paddy’s Day with a few of my tips on healthy eating which, by the way, don’t include beer or potatoes!
I just want to give you a few ideas and recipes on how to eat more green and healthy foods. Here are a few:
Avocado: Avocados are so good for you! They are a great source of Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, and contain more Potassium than bananas! Potassium is an important mineral that supports healthy blood pressure levels. I can’t sing the praises of this wonderful fruit enough, so I’ll just leave it at that. One of my favorite ways to enjoy avocado is Avocado Toast for breakfast. Here’s how we usually do it…quick and easy. Just mash an avocado, add a little salt and pepper or seasonings of your choice. Spread it over a couple of slices of toast (we use gluten-free bread), top with an over easy egg and a little sprinkling of cilantro. Yum.
Pistachio nuts: Pistachios have high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. They are high in Vitamin B-6 and low in calories, and according to a 2012 study, eating pistachios may increase the levels of beneficial bacteria in the gut, encouraging a healthy digestive system.
Toss some pistachios into a salad of spring greens, spinach, sliced cucumber, strawberries and feta cheese. Top it with a little grilled chicken and you’ve got a filling but light and delicious meal.
Spinach: Spinach is a great source of iron and one of the best sources of dietary magnesium, which is necessary for energy metabolism and maintaining good muscle function. Spinach is one of the Tyrrell household go-to’s for great taste, nutrition and versatility of use. Steam it or use it raw; it can be used in salads, omelettes, and one of my favorites…juiced for a delicious drink or added to the blender with the rest of my smoothie ingredients.
Here’s one of the varieties of green juices my lovely wife, Lillian, whips up for us all the time:
- About 4.5 cups of organic spinach (which will yield about 5 oz. of juice)
- 3-4 large organic carrots
- 1 kiwi
- 1 apple (Granny Smith Apples are the lowest in sugar but any of your favorite apples work)
Even though there are carrots involved, it will be a green juice!
Here are a few more green veggies you can incorporate into a healthy diet:
- Brussel Sprouts
- Beet greens
…All nutritious, and all delicious with ease of preparation. Add these to your healthy eating and you’ve scored your pot o’ gold!
I will leave you with this Irish Proverb to impart a bit o’ wisdom and a blessing:
“Every man is sociable until a cow invades his garden.”
Oh wait, that’s not it. Here it is:
“May the wind always be at your back; may neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and Heaven accept you.”
Talk to you soon. Until then…
Michael S. Tyrrell
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