- Author: Patti C. Wooten Swanson
Eat 1 ½ - 2 cups* of dark green vegetables every week.
Some people go all out for the green on St. Patrick’s Day---green beer, green milkshakes (that was the special at a fast food place near my house!), green hamburger buns, green everything!
Eat better ALL year by going for dark green vegetables!
USDA nutritionists organize vegetables into 5 subgroups based on their nutrients. The dark green vegetables group supplies vitamin C, folate, and vitamin K, as well as iron and dietary fiber.
What are the dark green vegetables?
Dark leafy greens and broccoli. Some commonly eaten examples are listed below:
How do you prepare dark green vegetables?
Eat them fresh, frozen or canned---raw or cooked.
Steam, stir-fry, sauté, or microwave.
Add to salads, soups, and casseroles.
Find easy, healthful recipes for dark greens by using the online Fruit and Vegetable Recipe Search from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.
Think green---and eat dark green all year!