Health Watch - Eating Green: Even More Options

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about green eating that goes beyond the green beer of Saint Patrick’s Day. We generally think of leafy vegetables like spinach, cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts when we think of green vegetables. But there are other green foods that are good for you.

If you want to liven up your diet, green is a good way to go. Here are some green foods you could consider: Dr. Vickie Vaclavik, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says avocados are a good source of cholesterol-lowering monounsaturated fats, as well as vitamin E. Nopales, or cactus pads, are popular in Mexico and are rich in calcium, potassium and fiber and low in calories and sodium. Tomatillos are a popular ingredient in southwestern and Mexican cuisine and make a good green salsa. Okra, a popular vegetable in the American south, is low in calories and high in fiber. 

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March 2011


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