Ten Highly Nutritious Vegetables (in alphabetical order)
You have always been told to eat your veggies, but knowing the health benefits may help your choices. Luckily, some of the vegetables jam-packed with nutrients also happen to be some of the best tasting. Let’s take a look at ten powerhouse vegetables that may surprise you.
Asparagus isn’t just tasty; it is also quite a healthy choice as well. Asparagus has loads of vitamin K and folate, but also has plenty of other vitamins including B vitamins and vitamin A.
Beets are a food that people often avoid, however, when prepared correctly, beets can actually be quite easy to eat. Beets are high in vitamin C and folate and minerals such as potassium. Yet, it is the beet’s ability to help detoxify the body that makes it a real champion.
Broccoli is an extraordinary food. Research reveals more and more how impressive this little green vegetable is. Like spinach, broccoli is loaded with vitamins C, A, numerous B vitamins and minerals such as magnesium and calcium. However, broccoli is also high in vitamin K, which is commonly missing from most people’s diet. Broccoli is simply a must!
While Brussels sprouts isn’t a popular vegetable, it is worth a second look. Brussels sprouts are high in vitamins K and C and have good levels of vitamin A and B vitamins. Brussels sprouts contain compounds which activate cancer-fighting enzyme systems in your body, they have anti-oxidant, detoxifying, and anti-inflammatory properties.
How can you not love carrots? Carrots are extremely high in vitamin A and have very respectable amounts of other key vitamins including vitamins K, C and several B vitamins as well. Carrots also have the benefit of having a long shelf life.
Chard is another leafy green that is low in calories, while also high in vitamins K, A and C. Additionally, chard is also high in numerous minerals such as iron and magnesium.
Garlic has been revered for its unique properties since ancient times. As a member of the Allium family of vegetables, garlic shares some nutritional benefits with onions and leeks, which are also members of this family. Other allium vegetables include chives, shallots, and scallions. Garlic is high in vitamin C, B6 and the mineral Manganese. Among the health benefits garlic supplementing provides: boosting immune system, antioxidant, lowering of cholesterol and blood pressure.
Kale is amazing leafy green that should be consumed once or twice a week as part of a healthy diet. It is high in vitamins K, A, and C, as well as numerous minerals, including calcium and potassium. Home-made kale chips are a favorite with families.
Peppers may not come immediately to mind of vegetables with a lot of nutrition, but they rank right up there at the top. Loaded with both vitamins C and A, peppers are a real winner in the veggie world.
You simply can’t have a “best vegetables list” without including spinach. Spinach is loaded with all sorts of vitamins. You will find B vitamins, loads of vitamins C and A, as well as minerals such as iron. Perhaps, best of all, spinach is cheap and usually easy to find in any grocery store.
This is the first in a series of articles we will be providing on healthy veggies.