Eat Your Veggies
June 17th is National Eat Your Vegetables Day and the perfect time to try those veggies you’ve been avoiding since you were a kid.
All vegetables carry healthful dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals, but some are full of exceptional health benefits! Depending on your diet, nutritional needs, and overall well-being some specific vegetables may offer more health advantages to certain people.
10 Health Benefits of Eating Vegetables
They have been proven to help the body in numerous ways such as:
- Fight inflammation
- Improve blood pressure
- Increase your fiber
- Help your eyes
- Improve your skin
- Reduce the risk of heart disease
- Lower blood sugar
- Reduce the risk of cancer
- Keep your brain young
- Improve your immune health
The Best Vegetables to Eat Daily
Today we should aim to eat a full rainbow of vegetables to get as many vitamins and minerals as we can. Luckily, vegetables can be incorporated into your favorite everyday meals. Courtesy of Allrecipes, we’ve provided some of their easy-to-follow recipes that contain all the vegetables and nutrients you need to be healthy. Try out the Easy Veggie Pasta Primavera, or the Veggie Nachos for something new this week!
The Most Beneficial Vegetables For a Healthier Lifestyle Include:
- Spinach is rich in antioxidants that aid in reducing the risk of chronic diseases and illnesses
- Carrots are high in vitamin C, vitamin K, and potassium. Carrots may help reduce the risk of lung and prostate cancer.
- Broccoli is loaded with vitamin K, vitamin C, iron, fiber, and potassium.
- Brussel Sprouts contain antioxidants that may help prevent chronic disease.
- Sweet potatoes are full of fiber, protein, potassium, and vitamins that may help regulate cholesterol levels and blood sugar.
- Asparagus is packed with selenium, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, and folate, which can help protect against disease.
- Beets are full of fiber, manganese, and folate. They also carry nitrates that may improve blood sugar levels and are full of several nutrients.
- Onions are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber and are known to lower the risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Garlic can help decrease blood sugar, lower blood triglyceride levels, and improve insulin sensitivity.
- Tomatoes are a great source of folate, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin K.
We encourage you to try something new today—you may just discover eating your veggies isn’t so bad! Show us how you are participating in National Eat Your Vegetables Day on social media and be sure to tag us along with #EatYourVegtablesDay.
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