Load Up On Vegetables!

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Vegetables, Better For You!

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It’s been pounded into our brains since we first sat at our childhood dinner tables: eat your vegetables. But, the typical Western diet is very deficient in plant derived nutrients.

Generally, vegetables are dense in fiber and essential vitamins and essential minerals and are thus a required part of a balanced diet.

Balance is key here: vegetables, while essential, are best consumed alongside a variety of food groups.  One food group cannot alone constitute a healthy diet.  More than that, not all vegetables are created equal, nutrition-wise.  They are, however, delicious and provide tons of creative opportunities to diversify your diet! And best of all they can be prepared many different ways including grilling, but not too much!

Leafy greens:
kale, spinach, lettuce, arugula, bok choy, beet greens, chard, mustard greens, radicchio, turnip greens, purslane, watercress, collard greens, dandelion greens, cabbage

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Cruciferous vegetables:
Brussels sprouts, broccoli, broccolini, cauliflower, kohlrabi, broccoli rabe, rutabaga, horseradish, radish, daikon

Tubers and safe starches:
carrots, sweet potatoes, yams, parsnips, taro, cassava, yucca

Squashes:
butternut, acorn, zucchini, yellow squash, pumpkin, Mexican gray squash, Kabocha squash, Delicata squash, spaghetti squash.

Additional Good For You Vegetables:
Asparagus
Eggplant
Bell peppers
Hot peppers
Sweet peppers
Artichoke
Squash blossoms
Onions
Celery
Garlic
Fennel
Leeks
Shallots
Green onions
Cucumbers
Beets
Bamboo shoots
Jicama
Seaweed
Cactus

 

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