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Top Ten Healthiest Green Foods

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author image Julia Bodeeb
Julia Bodeeb started online writing in 2007. She also worked on staff in medical publishing for more than a decade as a reporter, managing editor and in book acquisitions. She won a Pulitzer Center Global Issues/Citizen Voices Award in 2008. Bodeeb has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Monmouth University and postgraduate credits in psychology and law.
Top Ten Healthiest Green Foods
Vegetables contain essential nutrients. Photo Credit mythja/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

Green foods such as fruits and vegetables provide a wide range of vitamins and minerals. These healthy foods also add fiber to your diet, which helps to prevent numerous diseases. Also, the nutrients contained in green vegetables work to impede the development of cancer, notes the American Cancer Society. Eating fruits and vegetables each day helps your body to stay healthy and strong.

Broccoli

Top Ten Healthiest Green Foods
Broccoli is a very healthy food choice. Photo Credit LuminaStock/iStock/Getty Images

Broccoli contains the vitamins A, C and K, notes the Center for Young Women’s Health. Broccoli also provides your body with fiber and folate. Broccoli is a very healthy food choice. You can eat it raw as a snack or shred or dice it to put in salads, soups, stews, casseroles, omelets and add it to recipes for chicken.

Spinach

Top Ten Healthiest Green Foods
Spinach contains essential vitamins and minerals. Photo Credit Yulia_Davidovich/iStock/Getty Images

Spinach is a strong source of vitamins A and K. It also contains iron and folate, notes the Center for Young Women’s Health. Eating spinach regularly will keep your body well supplied with crucial vitamins and minerals. You can eat spinach raw on a sandwich or wrap or in a salad, or chop or shred it to use in soups, casseroles, dips and in cheese sauce.

Kiwi

Top Ten Healthiest Green Foods
Kiwi contains vitamins C and E. Photo Credit anna liebiedieva/iStock/Getty Images

The kiwi fruit contains a strong level of vitamins C and E. It also contains magnesium and potassium, notes Iowa State University. You can use this healthy fruit in fruit salads, as a topping on yogurt or cereal and in chicken recipes.

Honeydew

Top Ten Healthiest Green Foods
Eating melon will help you stay hydrated. Photo Credit psycodesign/iStock/Getty Images

Honeydew is a nutritious melon. It contains vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate and potassium, notes The Ohio State University Extension. This melon also contains a high level of water so it also helps to hydrate your body.

Celery

Top Ten Healthiest Green Foods
Try juicing celery to change things up. Photo Credit Antonio MuAoz Palomares/iStock/Getty Images

Celery is a high-fiber vegetable that is easy to eat as a snack. Celery contains calcium, notes Harvard Medical School. It works to help your body prevent high blood pressure and cancer, and also helps the immune system function optimally, notes Utah State University, Cooperative Extension.

Green Pepper

Top Ten Healthiest Green Foods
Green peppers are a rich source of vitamin C. Photo Credit john janssen/iStock/Getty Images

Green peppers are a rich source of vitamin C, an antioxidant, notes the American Cancer Society. This vitamin helps keep skin healthy and works to heal wounds. Eating this green vegetable is also a way for you to help your body prevent cancer.

Asparagus

Top Ten Healthiest Green Foods
Asparagus is a high-fiber vegetable. Photo Credit neirfy/iStock/Getty Images

Asparagus is a high-fiber vegetable, notes the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Fiber in the diet will help you feel full, which helps you know when you have eaten enough. Fiber also helps your body avoid constipation.

Green Beans

Top Ten Healthiest Green Foods
Green beans are good for your bones. Photo Credit Chiya Li/iStock/Getty Images

Green beans contain vitamins A and C, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Green beans also have calcium and iron. They will help your bones stay strong and help prevent anemia.

Arugula

Top Ten Healthiest Green Foods
Arugula can be used in a variety of dishes. Photo Credit Maris Zemgalietis/iStock/Getty Images

Arugula is a healthy vegetable that contains vitamin A and vitamin C, notes the Center for Young Women’s Health. It also provides your body with calcium. Arugula has a mildly spicy flavor. You can use it in salads, stews, casseroles and on sandwiches.

Collard Greens

Top Ten Healthiest Green Foods
Collard greens are a delicious leafy green vegetable. Photo Credit elisacicinelli/iStock/Getty Images

Collard greens contain vitamins C, K and A, notes the Center for Young Women’s Health. This vegetable also contains calcium and folate. Collard greens are also a strong source of fiber.

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