Monday, 1 December 2014

Healthy vegetable

  1. Broccoli Vegetable Isolated On White Background Stock PhotoBroccoli is chock full of cancer-fighting antioxidants, plus beta-carotene, vitamin C and folate which keep your immune system happy and reduce risk of cataracts and heart disease. Broccoli is also an awesome source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Is there anything broccoli can't do?
  2. Carrots Aloft Stock PhotoCommon orange carrots are betacarotene powerhouses, and rainbow carrots are full of other nutritional assets - red carrots have extra lycopene and purple carrots are higher in antioxidants. Did you know that cooking carrots actually make their nutrients more bioavailable to you? And their nutrients are best absorbed if eaten with a little fat, so feel free to saute with that olive oil!
  3. Fresh Spinach Stock PhotoThat Popeye knew a thing or two about veggies, and his preferred leafy green is one of the most vitamin-packed foods you can find! Spinach also has anti-cancer carotenoids and it is a great source of iron. But don't overcook spinach, or you risk losing much of its nutritional value. (Baby spinach salad? Now you're talking.)
  4. Tomatoes Stock PhotoTomatoes are really a fruit, but we do love to treat them like a vegetable. And lucky for us, they are packed with lycopene and plentiful vitamins making this fruit-in-veggie-clothing another effective cancer fighter.
  5. Green Kale Field  Stock PhotoKale has been a darling of the food nutrition for a few years now and for excellent reasons. Kale is a great source of antioxidant vitamins A, C, and K and phytonutrients, plus many cancer fighting nutrients. (Feel a little skeptical about Kale? Try making kale chips in the oven. Even my 4 year old can't get enough!)
  6. Mixed Beetroots Stock PhotoYou've probably noticed by now that all these very healthy vegetables are also bright and colorful! Ruby-colored beets are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains which are great for anti-inflammatory and detoxification support. Try them raw in a salad for the most nutritional impact.
  7. Organic Spuds Stock PhotoPass over regular white potatoes for their orange-hued cousin, sweet potatoes! These guys are full of beta-carotene, plus manganese and vitamins C and E.
  8. Red Pepper Isolated On White Background Stock PhotoLike tomatoes, bell peppers are actually a fruit, but treated like a vegetable. All peppers are a great source of nutrients, whether spicy or mild, but go for color. Red bell peppers are full of fiber, folate, vitamin K, and the minerals molybdenum and manganese.
  9. Brussels Sprout Stock PhotoMuch maligned Brussels sprouts are a fabulous source of folate, plus vitamins C and K as well as being very high in fiber. My tip: they are really great roasted which caramelizes and brings out their sweet flavor. Drizzle them with balsamic vinegar!
  10. Eggplant Purple Stock PhotoEggplant is known for being high in antioxidants and being helpful in both lowering blood pressure and weight management. Don't be afraid of eating the skin which contains some awesome antioxidants!

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