March is national nutrition month so why not think “green” for the month and choose to add a green fruit or vegetable into your eating plan daily? It’s a great way to add variety and flavor to your meals. It’s also a fun way to keep nutrition at the forefront of your mind.
I grew up in an Irish household. My parents were both Irish and we celebrated our Irish heritage throughout the month, especially on St. Patrick’s day. One of my sister’s was actually born on March 17th and my parents called her Patricia (true story, no I’m not kidding). To add to that our house was green from floor to ceiling. I didn’t really think too much of it, but when friends came over they commented that even the “loo” was green.
March was filled with wonderful delicacies like corned beef, champ (mashed potatoes with scallions and loads of butter), cabbage, potato bread, soda bannock, wheaten bread, bangers and mash, blood pudding, fish and chips (Mmmm chip sandwiches too), Irish stew, pouring mince,. Of course, it didn’t stop there, fresh cream pastries, pies, cakes, shortbread, flans, trifles, fern tarts, empire biscuits, mince tarts, custard, chocolate etc. It was heavenly and we always looked forward to it.
Today, I still anticipate St. Patty’s Day, but choose to eat these foods in moderation and to avoid some all together.
I challenge you to join in the March this month for nutrition and “think” green. Reach for a green fruit or vegetable today. You have a bounty to choose from so get creative and explore the possibilities and search out new recipes.