We are constantly reminded of the benefits of eating vegetables but choosing the right vegetables to eat can be daunting when combined with busy schedules and frantically choosing a healthy option. Below are a few suggestions to obtain the maximum amount of nutrients with a handful of vegetables that are sure to help us reach the highest nutritional values!
Multiple studies conducted by the National Institute of Health* underline key benefits to spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, carrots, and brussels sprouts, whereas each are filled with high contents of fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, and specific compounds targeting cancer and aging.
Similar studies concluded that, when paired together, garlic and onions have properties that form an alliance when fighting against aging, ovarian, mouth, breast and other cancers, and the coagulation of good bacteria that protect gut health and conquer episodes of bloating.
Kale may be the superfood everyone is hyping up due to its particular make-up for defending against DNA damage, which could in turn potentially protect you from Alzheimer’s disease. It is rich in calcium and Vitamin B/K to ensure a healthy heart and bone structure.
Stay away from potatoes and peas! Harvard School of Health listed the starchier vegetables like potatoes, corn, and peas all are contingent to weight gain rather than weight loss. However, sweet potatoes are lower on the glycemic index than regular potatoes, which means your sweet potato casserole could potentially help normalize blood sugar levels, if made without brown sugar of course.
Microgreens, mustard/turnip/collard greens, and beets are all relevant for lowering cholesterol, dissipating the risk of heart disease, inactivate carcinogens in the body, prevent tumor formation, and can benefit fetal development.
Aside from bell peppers being a great addition to any meal you prepare, they are full of antioxidants and vitamin C to make sure that you age well over time. They are also high in folic acid and low in calories, so have fun eating something tasty and healthy without worrying about calories!
Eating healthy can be as easy as picking which color you like. So be colorful with your choices and start making healthier choices for you and your family!