Let’s Not Forget The Veggies

Last week I posted The Top 15 Healthiest Fruits  well what about vegetables? We can’t really forget about those? I present you with….

The Top Ten Healthiest Vegetables:

1. Collard Greens: widely consumed in the Southern US for many years, this leafy green vegetable packs a lot of nutrient value. Collard Greens have high levels of calcium, Vitamin E, and beta-carotene. In addition to these nutrients, it also boasts high selenium content. Collard greens can be had throughout the year but most consider them to be best between January to April.

2. Sweet Potatoes: the anti-oxidant properties of sweet potatoes can help to rid the body of free radicals linked to many chronic illnesses including diabetes and colon cancer. They are also thought to be able to lessen the effects of asthma and arthritis due to their anti-inflammatory tendencies. Sweet potatoes are also a good source of iron, calcium and fiber, and best of all they can be used in a number of recipes.

3. Broccoli: like so many vegetables out there, this one is also great protecting your body from the ravishes of cancer. They are attractive enough to enhance any dish but their uses go far beyond aesthetics. With high folic acid levels, it is useful in preventing birth defects. In addition it is great for getting enough calcium and vitamin C in your diet.

4. Onions: this unassuming bulb actually offers more health benefits than you may think. They help to lower blood sugar levels in addition to promoting good cardiovascular health. It has been proven that adding onions to your diet can reduce your risk of developing certain cancers and contribute to gastrointestinal health.

5. Carrots: ask anyone to name a vegetable, and most of them will say ‘carrot’ right off the bat. There’s a reason why this vegetable is so popular. Apart from being one of the most commonly used, it is the best source of the pro-vitamin A carotenes. They are also known to help strengthen the vision, in particular night vision. Carrots can also be used to regulate blood sugar levels and are good for the health of the colon.

6. Spinach: while most people make a face at the thought of eating this vegetable, but spinach actually protects us from a number of illnesses like arthritis, heart disease and osteoporosis. Studies have shown that spinach contains a minimum of 13 flavonoid compounds. Serious illnesses like ovarian and prostate cancer can also be helped by consumption of spinach.

7. Kale: this vegetable has a multitude of benefits for the body. Like every other vegetable it contains important vitamins, but has more dietary value per calorie than most vegetables. Kale is known for its detoxing ability, as well as its proven capacity for reducing the risk of cancer, especially of the ovaries. Consuming adequate amounts of this vegetable can also help to keep lungs healthy. Maybe the best thing about kale is that it can easily be grown in home gardens.

8. Eggplant: studies have indicated that eggplant may have a protective effect on the brain. The fact that they are low in calories makes it a popular food among dieters and health conscious individuals. This vegetable has high levels of copper, potassium and fiber. Eggplants positive effect on cardiovascular health is well documented.

9. Cucumbers: widely acknowledged for its soothing effect on the skin, cucumber is popular not only for eating but skincare products. It has a positive overall effect on the body, including the ligaments, bones and muscles, and is also essential for a healthy complexion due to its hydrating properties. Cucumbers are able to help lower blood pressure if consumed in sufficient quantities.

10. Asparagus: aside from promoting healthy skin, asparagus also contains fiber and vitamin B6. It is a good food for pregnant women to consume due its high levels of folate, which also promotes heart health. Another advantage is that it is low in sodium, but contains potassium, and helps to maintain a healthy large intestine.

What is your favorite vegetable?

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50 Responses

  1. It’s nice that sweet potatoes are super good for you. A healthy carb? I’ll take it

  2. I’m sitting down to 1/2 a pound of baby carrots now!

  3. Eggplant!!!

    I am off to the country side AGAIN 🙂 Loving my vacation!!

  4. favorite ever has got to be broccoli…it’s so versatile and perfectly yummy 🙂

  5. I don’t think I have a favorite vegetable…I love most of them equally!

  6. These are great! Thanks so much for listing them! Terrific! Love your Blog!

  7. Mmm brocolli, spinach, sweet potatos and def asparagus!! In fact, why not stuff a sweet potato with those vegies? Sounds like a winner to me!! 😉

  8. 2-5 are some of my faves! Especially with a drizzle of EVOO. And carrots+hummus have been my FAVORITE snack all summer (well, besides my beloved froyo.) I’ve heard that sweet potatoes can be good for your skin, too. Not sure if that’s true?

  9. Question: Why isn’t ice cream a vegetable? I would be a much happier girl.

  10. You really need to jump on the sweet potato band wagon. Even Matt eats them!
    I should up my leafy greens though.

  11. I’m pumped to see asparagus on there. Definitely my favorite. Not so much the aromatic pee that goes with it though.

  12. Hard to pick a favorite! Sweet potatoes, broccoli, asparagus, carrots, and peppers are all high on the list. 🙂

  13. Definitely sweet potato and squash! I love that their are veggies that are sweet like fruit! I also like carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower, and it’s especially great that these are easy to take along for a snack or packed lunch.

  14. For the longest time my favorite veggie was carrots. Now, I’m not so sure. If it counts (yeah, yeah, it’s a fruit) I pick tomatoes.

    If not, then it’s a toss up between cucumbers, zucchini, lettuce, carrots, and green beans. Really, I love most except onions.

  15. I love all of them! They are all wonderful! Except for I hate celery, but I eat in smoothies anyway bc it is wonderful despite my distaste for it. lol

  16. Of the moment? Zucchini

    Ever? Sweet potato, pumpkin

  17. You know I’ve never had collard greens. Have to put that on the to try list.

    My favorite veggie right not is okra.

    • Me either…I always seem them in the store but never buy them! I am on the lookout for a rutabega! If you see one tell me, okay? I want to make rutabega fries (from Julie’s site)

  18. I’m going with sweet potatoes on this one! Although, they all have their time to shine. Salad? Spinach and cukes, please! Grilling? I’ll take zucchini, summer squash, or asparagus. How ’bout sweet corn on the cob? There’s so many good ones!

  19. I love all veggies equally. I’m just magnanimous like that. Cucumbers I hate, but since they are techinically a fruit, I’m still ok saying I love all veggies. Who knew I had so many of the healthiest veggies in my garden?!

  20. I don’t have just one fave – love most all veggies except cucumbers.

  21. I am a huge fan of yukon gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, and broccoli. Yum!

  22. I love my Broccoli and Eggplant! Chopped and thrown on a panini with mozz cheese is THE BEST! – I guess I am hungry haha

  23. totally depends on the season. i currently love tomatoes, corn and zucchinni. in the fall i am all about sweet potatoes and kale. Asparagus and broccoli are high on the list too! veggies are good!

  24. Oh man I am so bummed brussel sprouts aren’t on there! They are definitely my fav….with broccoli coming in at a very close 2nd!! but I am not picky when it comes to veggies!!

  25. All I have to say is that I heart this list! Yay for sweet potatoes and broccoli!!! 🙂

  26. ooh, i like all of those… except i’ve never had collard greens! such a hard call for my favorite…. i’ve been jonesing for a sweet potato lately, but spinach is something i always have in the house!

  27. very interesting! At least I like some of these things on this list! Maybe it’ll help me toward a healthier lifestyle.

    xo

  28. there’s only a few I havent tried yet–whoohoo!

  29. So hard to pick, but I love roasted broccoli!! 🙂 And green beans fresh from the garden!!

  30. I eat most of these on a regular basis..but I guess I need to get more collard greens in!

  31. Interesting list actually. I LOVE carrots and a bag has got to be a serving right?…like sugar ;)…eggplant surprised me – I’ve always wondered if it was popular or what its benefits were…I love bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, mushrooms, onions, corn, potatoes(!)…meh, I could go on and on…but wait – what’s YOUR favorite veggie??! did I miss that?

    • Haha…no I actually didn’t say. I LOVE all vegetables. I don’t think I could pick just one. The only vegetable I know I hate it beets…(are those a vegetable or a fruit?) Well regardless I hate them! ICK!

      • I am with you, I can’t stand beets either. Yuck!! My favs are spinach and broccoli(especially roasted).
        Thanks for all the great info 🙂

  32. Please remove number 1 and 8, no offense, but bleck. I adore anything with “tato” in it:) Asparagus and broccoli are divine. But there’s so many, squash, onions, ooh this is fun.

  33. Broccoli baby!

    But, I love just about every veggie. Tops on the list are eggplant, carrots, onions, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, kabocha squash, mushrooms, romaine lettuce, and peas.

  34. Awesome list!! You know, I’ve never tried collard greens? I should it seems 🙂

  35. My fave veggie is broccoli or brussels sprouts. I don’t care at all for asparagus though.

  36. Broccoli!!!!! I swear I could eat this veggie every day… raw or cooked, I’ve loved it since I was little! 🙂

  37. Cucumbers are definitely my fave! Carrots follow a close second!!

  38. I have had all of those except collard greens, and egg plant. The rest I love. Though I really love asparagus. 🙂

  39. I’m pretty lucky because I really like all vegetables (though not really a fan of brussels sprouts). My top fav is probably sweet potato and collard greens. I like to add a little red wine vinegar to some steamed greens.

  40. I think it’s a tie between broccoli and sweet potatoes for me. Oh and brussels sprouts!

  41. I love that my name is one of the best vegetables!! I was not, however, named after the vegetable! My mom said she “just liked it”. 🙂

    My fave veggie is brus. sprouts!!!

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  43. love this list!!! its a good thing I love ALL veggies 🙂

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