In the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day, we asked nutritionist Jackie Klein to pick her favorite (and healthy) green foods. These super foods will help turn you into a supermodel (results not guaranteed), while allowing you to celebrate the day with a little bit of green. A plus, at least one half of the "corned beef and cabbage" duo is beneficial. In addition, she whipped up a delicious Avocado & Spinach shake exclusively for SwimDaily readers. Here is what she had to say:

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5 Super “Green” Foods

An avocado is full of fats that will not expand your waistline

Avocado - Avocados are loaded with heart healthy monounsaturated fats that help with the absorption of vitamins A, E, K, and D. It passes through the digestive system slowly, fueling the body, keeping you satisfied longer.

Cabbage is the healthy half of your corned beef & cabbage duo. Cabbage is the healthy half of your corned beef & cabbage duo.

Cabbage & Broccoli - Cruciferous vegetables are classified as antioxidant vegetables due to their high amounts of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.  They have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer effects.

Kale is the go to super food of the super models. Kale is the go to super food of the super models.

Kale and Spinach - Both contain chlorophyll among many other nutrients, which help fight off infection in the body, heal wounds, and work to keep the immune system strong. These vegetables also promote healthy digestion and circulatory health.


“Green” Avocado & Spinach Shake Recipe

Screen shot 2013-03-13 at 3.53.55 PM Spinach is a main ingredient in this super shake.

Serves 1-2

A healthy breakfast or meal replacement option that contains two “super foods” (baby spinach and avocado) best for spring!


  • 1/2 frozen banana (freeze in chunks)
  • 1/2 small-medium ripe avocado
  • 1 cup of baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp agave nectar
  • 1 cup almond milk


Place ingredients into blender and blend until well combined. You can add ice if it is too thick, or not chilled to your liking. Pour and enjoy!

Looks delicious! Looks delicious!


All this talk of avocado makes me wish I had guacamole at my desk, or something green to begin preparations for St. Patrick's Day weekend! To find out more about healthy choices, better nutrition, and amazing recipes visit