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Weekly Diet News Digest
by John McGran, Columnist

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If you're always after your Lucky Charms on St. Patty's Day, then perhaps this year it's time to skip the sugary green clovers and opt instead for a plate of much-healthier greens and a steamy bowl of Irish Stew.

We asked registered dietitian Shauna Schultz for a bit of good advice to help make this holiday even more fun for your waistline.

Shauna wants you to include greens rather than simply wear them today!

"Dress yourself and your plate with green this March 17th and avoid getting pinched!" she says.

"Another bonus, you’ll get to enjoy nutrient packed greens! You’ve probably heard that greens are nutritious and well, they sure are! Just take a look at the benefits of eating greens."

What are greens?

Greens include spinach, collard greens, mustard greens, kale, dark green lettuce, Swiss chard, mache, escarole, beet greens, bok choy, cabbage, endive, dandelion greens, radiccho, turnip greens, watercress, arugula and broccoli.

Greens are known to many as a “superfood” – take a look at the benefits!

--Excellent source of vitamins A and C, which may help reduce the risk of certain cancers.

--Low in calories!

--Good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, folate and fiber.

--Spinach, kale, Swiss chard, lettuce, bok choy and collards are a rich source of the antioxidants lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene. These antioxidants help promote eye health and keep your heart ticking!

--Cruciferous greens such as broccoli, kale and cabbage contain the sulfur-rich phytochemicals sulforanes and indoles. They help promote eye health and keep your immune system healthy!

Hot Potato!

Another staple in Irish cooking – potatoes! Although you can enjoy potatoes year round, why not dish some up this St. Patrick’s Day? While higher-protein diets have labeled potatoes as “bad carbs," it just isn’t true! This starchy vegetable is among the “good” carbs and has a lot to offer.

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