March brings with it the start of spring, Daylight Savings Time, Saint Patrick's Day, and a chance to get back to eating healthy. March is National Nutrition Month. The key word is nutrition. It's not national dieting month, or national weight loss month, but an opportunity to focus on better nutrition and green nutrition is a great place to start.
Importance of vegetables
Vegetables are loaded with natural nutrients including vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid, and dietary fiber, yet with all those benefits vegetables are not high in calories. Dietary fiber in vegetables satiates, so they offer a big nutritional punch and help you feel full more quickly. As you move toward eating green other benefits include the fact that they are low in fat and contain no cholesterol in their natural form.
How much green is good for you?
A serving size of vegetables is roughly a cup, whether you're eating cooked vegetables or drinking raw juice. How much is good for you will depend on your age, sex, and how active you are. However, as a rough rule of thumb, most adults are supposed to eat two or three cups of vegetables each day but eating leafy greens is a little different because two cups of leafy greens counts as one serving.
Green smoothies are a great way to add green nutrition to your diet
You can add more vegetables to your diet by trying a vegetarian main dish like chili or lasagna once or twice a week, or add a side salad to your dinner menu. However, one of the tastiest ways to add leafy greens to your diet is with a green smoothie, which by the way don't always "look" green. For instance, the green smoothie recipe shared on the 21 Day Healthy Habits Challenge is made with bananas, kale, pineapple, strawberries, and fresh grapefruit juice.