When you think of St. Patrick's Day, Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, and shepherd's pie probably come to mind. Many of these recipes call for ingredients like potatoes, carrots and cabbage – all nutrient rich foods. Did you ever think that the “pot of gold” at the end of the rainbow may be about the food and its benefits?
- Potatoes, carrots and cabbage are all rich in fiber. Benefits of fiber include: improving digestion and lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease.
- Potatoes have more potassium than any other fruit or vegetable! Potassium is needed to maintain a healthy heartbeat and it plays an important role in the conduction of electricity for proper nerve function.
- Cabbage is an abundant source of vitamin C. We need vitamin C each day from food. Not only does it help maintain a strong immune system, it helps protect against cardiovascular disease, and even keeps skin smooth and healthy.
- Carrots can provide all of your daily recommended vitamin A in one small ½ cup serving! Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that keeps eyes and skin healthy and also helps maintain a strong immune system.
Here are some ways to incorporate these ingredients into dishes throughout the year:
- Try a potato bar for dinner. Use a baked potato as your main course and top it with a variety of delicious toppings.
- Boil, steam or sauté cabbage! It can easily be added to soups, sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes.
- Roast carrots for a sweet and savory side dish. Simply toss raw carrots with olive oil, salt and pepper, and even some fresh dill if available. Preheat oven to 400°F and roast for 20-30 minutes (or until tender), turning once.