Veggies You Should Eat Everyday
by Healthy Homestead Team
A week ago
Eat your vegetables. It was something our parents told to us since we were little kids. And by now, you probably know that you should eat more vegetables. But which are the best vegetables to consume?
Load up your grocery cart with a variety of vegetables, and you will get the most benefits. We have to stress it that you should not consume the same vegetables over and over again. Instead, variety is the key.
Still, there are some vegetables that are just the best. Consume them as much as you can.
They come in multitude of colors, including yellow, red, and green. But no matter which you choose, they are all great. Loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium, bell peppers are some of the best veggies to eat. And the beauty is, they are versatile. You can add them in salads, or make a soup with peppers, or in some stew.
This is more of a group than a single vegetable. Cauliflower and broccoli are the poster children of cruciferous vegetables. But you also have Brussels sprouts. Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables on the market. Most of the cruciferous vegetables are known to provide protection and prevention against cancer.
Beet roots have edible leafy tops that are loaded with vitamin K. If you didn’t know, vitamin K can reduce the risk of diabetes type 2. Beet greens, or the leaves, can be easily cooked with some olive oil or garlic for a healthy side dish. And they are quite tasty and delicious as well.
The beauty of beets is that both the top and the veggie itself are loaded with healthy nutrients. Beets are the leading source of nitrates, which help you regulate your blood pressure. In the same time, beets provide great amount of fiber. Roast the beets to boost their natural sweetness. Yes, beets are sweet. If you like, you can also bake them by folding them in foil.
At the end of the day, simply grate some beets to your salad.
If you remember the cartoon Popeye, you know spinach gives you strength. It is one of the best sources of iron among vegetables. This leafy green can help you build muscles, improve heart health, and much more. Spinach is also a good source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids and folate.
The best part about spinach? It is quite versatile. Works wonderfully in juices and smoothies for easy consumption. And you can always throw some spinach in your salad.
Tomatoes are the best source of the antioxidant lycopene. This antioxidant can reduce the risk of bladder, stomach, lung, prostate, and skin cancer. Tomatoes also reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. Red are the best tomatoes, so always go for them.
Carrots are high in carotenoids, fat-soluble compounds associated with the reduction of cancer. Carrots are not only easy to prepare, they are also loaded in nutrients. Slice them in any salad, grate them for toppings, or put them in your favorite juice. The options are limitless.
Kale is classified as a superfood. The reason is because it is one of the most nutrient dense vegetables on the market. First and foremost, kale is the best source of vitamin K, a vitamin that helps your bones and regulates blood pressure. The only downside of kale is the strong flavor. That is why you can easily put it in juices and neutralize the flavor. Or, you can always try baby spinach, which is more tender.
Olive and olive oil are rich in vitamin E, calcium, iron, and copper. In the same time, olives contain antioxidants and healthy fats. You need all of those on a daily basis. You can easily add olives to any salad or side dish. Just make sure to avoid olives soaked in brine, as they are loaded in sodium.