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Medical Edge: Top green foods for St. Patricks Day

Updated: Friday, March 14 2014, 04:56 PM EDT
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- Don't just wear what's green this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, put green on the menu!

When it comes to celebrating the luck of the Irish you probably think of the sharing in the music , watching the parades and of course drinking a lot of green beer.  And while there's certainly nothing wrong with any of those lucky traditions that you like to include at least once a year, you might also want to use this day as a kick off day for good health by including the healthiest green foods that you can eat.
 
These green foods are so good for you a recent report from registered Dietitians with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics refers to them as nutrition rock stars.  They include your Saint Patrick's Day favorites!

Shopper Michael Siglock said, "I am in here to purchase some cabbage.  It's for Saint Patrick's Day, I am going to make some Irish stew, corn beef and cabbage."
 
A few others say Brian Madison, of Madison's Market, can be great for salads to drop weight as we move into summer.  They include romaine, bibb lettuce and spinach.  But if you prefer cooked greens a few you can cook are brussel sprouts, asparagus and fennel to boost immunity.

Fennel is an excellent roasting vegetable this time of the year, you can roast it plain by itself.  About four hundred degrees or combine it with leeks or parsnips.
 
And don't forget broccoli, celery, green beans and green peppers are all loaded with vitamins to help your eyes and your skin.  Finally don't forget the heartier options for fiber to fight belly fat.  These include lima beans and artichokes.

"Those, you are going to just boil those and then peel those back," Madison said.

That parsley, the garnish on the plate, it too is a packed powerhouse of good stuff for your heart and your brain.

Add these to your Saint Patrick's Day celebrations and beyond and you won't just feel lucky, you'll feel great!

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