This St. Patrick's Day: Less Corned Beef, More Cabbage

When most of us think of St. Patrick’s Day, we envision green beer and traditional Irish food like corned beef and cabbage, but you can have a great time and still be healthy by focusing on Irish foods that will make you stronger and healthier!

When most of us think of St. Patrick’s Day, we envision green beer and traditional Irish food like corned beef and cabbage, but you can have a great time and still be healthy by focusing on Irish foods that will make you stronger and healthier!

First, let’s talk about the green bagel that you might be tempted to pick up on the way to work. It contains Green #3, an artificial coloring that has been linked to tumor growth in animals and perhaps hyperactivity in children. In 1981, The FDA concluded that the dye was safe but as it clearly is an artificial food additive, it’s best to be avoided!


Let nature provide your coloring and enjoy these traditional (and Irish) foods:

Cabbage: Recent studies show that those eating the most cruciferous vegetables have a much lower risk of prostate, colorectal and lung cancer, even when compared to those who regularly eat other vegetables.

Kale: In the same family of vegetables as cabbage, collards and brussels sprouts contain a component called Sulforaphane, which is a very strong cancer fighter.

 

Green tea: OK, this is not really an Irish drink! But it’s too good for you to not mention. Green tea benefits the body by helping to reduce heart disease, cancer, and irritable bowel disease. Green tea is formed from unfermented tea leaves. The more the leaves are fermented, the lower the polyphenol content. That means that green tea has tons of polyphenols, which gives such great benefits.

66 Clever Ways to Keep Your Road Trip Healthy

From road trip food to on-the-go health hacks, here's all you need to have a safe vacation from city to city.

Summer is the perfect time for a road trip! But do you wonder how you can stay healthy with all the fast food and potential health issues along the way? Things can go downhill for everyone pretty quickly. Here are 66 clever and easy tips for keeping the trip on track for health and fun.

1. Pack Compact Snacks to Avoid Overeating

Reuse a cleaned creamer bottle or fill up a new tackle box with healthy bites like nuts, seeds, berries, dried fruit, and granola. This way, you'll cut down on multiple snack bags and boxes and won't over-indulge because you can only have a small handful at a time.

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