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Put healthy green on your plate for St. Paddy's Day

Updated: Monday, March 24 2014, 11:28 PM CDT

Don't just wear what's green this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick's Day -- put green on the menu! Here are the top green foods for good health.

When it comes to celebrating the luck of the Irish, you probably think of sharing in the music, watching the parades and of course drinking a lot of green beer.

And while there's certainly nothing wrong with any of those lucky traditions that you like to include at least once a year, you might also want to use this day as a kick off day for good health by including the healthiest green foods that you can eat.

These green foods are so good for you. A recent report from registered dietitians with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics refers to them as nutrition rock stars. They not only include your St. Patrick's Day favorites, which certainly are versatile, but a few others say Brian Madison of Madison's Market can be great for salads to drop weight as we move into summer. They include romaine, bibb lettuce and spinach. If you prefer cooked greens try brussel sprouts , asparagus and fennel to boost immunity.

"Fennel is an excellent roasting vegetable this time of the year, you can roast it plain by itself, about 400 degrees or combine it with leeks or parsnips," Madison said.

 And don't forget broccoli, celery , green beans and green peppers are all loaded with vitamins to help your eyes and your skin.

 "They are popular right now."

Finally don't forget the heartier options for fiber to fight belly fat including lima beans and artichokes. Those,you are going to just boil those and then peel those back.

Finally, that parsley as the garnish on the plate is also packed powerhouse of good stuff for your heart and your brain.

Add these to your St. Patrick's celebrations and beyond and you won't just feel lucky, you'll feel great.

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