Healthy Vegetables

Healthy Vegetables

Our moms always told us to eat our veggies and most of us probably scowled through clearing our plates as kids. As adults, we only have ourselves to blame if we skip over the greens. Vegetables can have huge health benefits for you hair, skin, weight, and overall well being so make sure you pile them on at your next meal.

broccoliBroccoli

This cruciferous vegetable is a disease-fighting superstar. Packed with antioxidants and Vitamins C, K, and A it’s also a huge help in keeping our bodies producing the right amounts of Vitamin D.

Broccoli is best for you when steamed so it doesn’t lose its powerful nutrient-packed punch. It’s great for detoxifying the body and reducing inflammation.

carrotsCarrots

These orange beauties are packed with nutrients for eye, skin, and hair health. They’re one of the richest sources around of Vitamins A and C and can do wonders for keeping your cardiovascular system healthy throughout life.

The Vitamin A can also help with dry skin problems and it cleanses the liver. Eat carrots raw and enjoy their sweet taste and all their vitamins.

Brussels-SproutsBrussels Sprouts

Packed with folic acid, Vitamins C and K, fiber, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids, these little green veggies do wonders for the body.

Studies suggest that these sprouts are a powerhouse when it comes to fighting free radicals in the body and helping to prevent some forms of cancer.

Their high fiber content aids in digestion and maintaining even blood sugar levels. Steam or roast these sprouts if you don’t like them chopped up raw in a salad.

rhubarbKale and Chard

Swiss Chard and Kale are some of the best of those dark leafy greens we’re always being told to eat more of. Full of antioxidants known as carotenoids, these greens are incredibly healthy for our eyes.

Vitamins A, C, and E are found in large quantities in both of these veggies along side magnesium, Vitamin K, and calcium. Steam or sautŽ these greens in olive oil for a tasty vegetable side dish.

sweet-potatoSweet Potato

If it’s both sweet and a potato, how can it be good for you? These root vegetables are packed with cancer-fighting Vitamins A, C, and manganese plus fiber and iron.

This source of carbs will give you a long, slow burn of energy and can aid in digestion. Steam, bake, or grill them for a healthy side.

spinachSpinach

Jam-packed with chlorophyll and almost every vitamin or nutrient you could need, spinach may help prevent heart disease, arthritis, and osteoporosis.

Eat it raw in salads whenever possible to get the most nutrient bang for your buck.

peppers-gardenBell Peppers

Red, orange, or yellow peppers are full of lycopene and folic acid for heart health and the prevention of ovarian cancer.

Low in calories but high in flavor and Vitamins A, E, and C, which power up your immune system and keep skin and hair looking young and healthy. Vitamin B6 is also present and can give your immune system a much-needed boost.

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