Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Be Green on the Greenest Day of the Year!

Seems like everyone is getting excited about St. Patrick's Day coming up in a few weeks, and why wouldn't they be? My favorite color is green, so when people get dressed up in green and make everything green, doesn't it just make everything all more fun?!

This year, why not go the extra mile and "Go Green" on the Greenest Day of the Year!? You can still have fun while you think about how to better the environment and even eat a little healthier too. Here are some fun tips on how!

1. Green Beer. Yes, they do make green beer for St. Patrick's day, but what about another kind of green beer? Consider the environmental benefits of buying from local breweries!

2. Kale Salads. If you haven't heard of Kale yet, you're missing out! Kale is rich in calcium, vitamin K, folic acid, magnesium, and beta carotene. Especially for vegans, who are often calcium deficient, kale is a great source of dietary calcium. Kale can be used in a variety of recipes for St. Patrick's Day. Think about it sauteed, steamed, grilled, or fried, plain or ornamented with olive oil, salt, lemon, or butter. Be the one who brings in something besides the same boring lettuce salads or green chips, and it can also be added to stir-fries and soups!

Kale Salad, Yummy and Good for You!
Photo: Tasty Planet
3. Safe Gas...Carpool or Walk! Acting green is even better than dressing green! Schedule a carpool together for work (or St. Patty's hot spots), ride public transportation, or walk/crawl to the pubs that day!

4. Wear Green, Buy Green! Show off your Irish roots with an organic shirt to show off your Nature roots too!5. Beans, Beans, They're good for your Heart! Now I lived in Japan for a year, and I must say it was probably the healthiest I ever ate in my life with all the veggies, fish, and eggs! Edamame was a norm for me, but not many people eat it here in America! Here's what you can find in a half-cup serving of shelled edamame (or 1 1/8 cup edamame in the pods):
120 calories, 9 grams fiber, 2.5 grams fat, 1.5 grams polyunsaturated fat (0.3 grams plant omega-3 fatty acids) ,0.5 gram monounsaturated fat ,11 grams protein, 13 grams carbohydrate, 15 mg sodium, 10% of the Daily Value for vitamin C, 10% Daily Value for iron, 8% Daily Value for vitamin A, 4% Daily Value for calcium

Who knew you could get so much from so little??
Photo: WorldCommunityCookbook.com

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