You can’t really go wrong with vegetables, but the fact of the matter is that some are much healthier than others. Kale, broccoli, and spinach are some of our favorite foods (okay, our favorite veggies), but eating the same greens all the time can get a little monotonous. For that reason, we’ve compiled this list of 7 super healthy vegetables you should be eating more of. As a bonus, it certainly helps that they’re also delicious.
One of the most flavorful, versatile, recipe-friendly vegetables also happens to be one of the healthiest. Onions are high in phytonutrient polyphenols, and they help to increase bone density and reduce inflammation, while sulfur compounds are believed to help guard against cancer and heart disease.
Beets have risen in popularity in the past few years, especially as it relates to juicing, but they have benefits far beyond just turning beverages a pleasant shade of dark pink. Beets help to lower blood pressure, fight inflammation, and boost stamina, meaning that next time you head to the gym, a few beets before could help you stick through your workout longer.
Vitamin K, folate, selenium, vitamin B2, vitamin C, vitamin E—asparagus is packed with health benefits, and it also factors into countless different recipes and ways of cooking. They make a wonderful side dish eaten alone as well, particularly when they’re in season.
Call them the new kale: Collard greens are a great source of fiber and vitamin C, and just one serving contains more than your recommended daily value of vitamin K and A.
Not only is radicchio packed with nutrients like B vitamins, antioxidants, and vitamin K, but it’s also surprisingly low in calories, so it makes a great filler for salads and other dishes. The component responsible for its bitter taste is lactucopicrin, which has a slight analgesic effect—the more you know!
Broccoli rabe can be almost alarmingly bitter if you’re not used to it, but cooked properly and accompanied by the right ingredients, it’s delicious, not to mention chock full of a wide range of vitamins and nutrients from vitamin C to folate, which is wonderful for allergy sufferers.
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