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Wellness Wednesday: Go Green!

St. Patrick’s Day: the annual celebration filled with green beer, green eggs and green…everything!

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I challenge you to eat as many greens as possible this week.

No, your green beer does not count. Remember our artificial food coloring discussion? I mean fresh or frozen unprocessed vegetables. 

No, you don’t have to spend your days chomping on celery sticks and cucumbers. Healthy and hydrating? Yes. Satisfying? Not so much.

Think beyond a salad. Even I get tired of those! From a spicy stir-fry to a refreshing smoothie, there are countless delicious ways to get your greens at every meal.

Breakfast: Green omelet.

Keep the eggs their natural color – yolk included – and add chopped veggies like asparagus, spinach, kale and green onion for extra crunch and nutrients.

Lunch: Lettuce wraps.

Fill head lettuce with sautéed veggies and grilled chicken for a more refreshing take on a lunchtime staple.

Dinner: Baked salmon over a bed of spinach with shaved brussels sprouts.

Zest fresh lemon for a tangy taste. 

Still need help making these green vegetables taste less…green? Email me at [email protected] to set up your free Nutrition Consultation at Life Time Fitness.

This week’s tip: Experiment with a new green vegetable…I promise they don’t bite! Share your experience in the comments below. 

Lauren Pax is a Nutrition Coach at Life Time Fitness and a Senior Instructor at DEFINE: Oakley. You may contact her at [email protected].