Veggie Health Benefits
When you live a veggie-rich life, your whole body gets rewarded! From younger-looking skin and balanced blood sugar to a reduced risk of disease and weight management, health experts agree that veggies are a vital component to achieving – and maintaining – whole-body wellness.
Think vibrant! Research shows that orange, yellow, and red vegetables contain nutrients that can improve the “glow” of skin, while protecting skin cells and collagen against damage. These particular veggies are especially important during the summer months and as we age.
Try carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, red and yellow bell peppers, and tomatoes.
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Hallelujah! Finally, a food we don’t have to limit! Vegetables are naturally low in calories and rich in fiber, and they provide hydration and nutrients that contribute to a feeling of fullness.
Aim for leafy greens and water-rich (“crunchy”) vegetables like cucumber, celery, broccoli, cabbage, radishes, cauliflower, green beans, and Brussels sprouts.
Vitamin C has long been used to supplement immune health and, lucky for us, veggies are a natural source! Colorful foods also contain nutrients like Vitamin E, selenium, and zinc that strengthen the immune system and help us fight off infections.
Reach for chickpeas, beans, broccoli, garlic, kale, baked potatoes, and leafy greens.
Eating more vegetables and less animal products may help reduce the carbon footprint of your diet. The most sustainable way to make a difference is to purchase in-season vegetables that come from local farms as often as possible.
Some of the most environmentally friendly vegetables are beans, broccoli, potatoes, onions, green peas, and tomatoes.
Veggies of all colors, shapes and sizes are rich in antioxidants, fiber and nutrients that work to keep our cells healthy. Plus, diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fruits, vegetables, and grain products that contain fiber, particularly soluble fiber, may help reduce the risk of heart disease
Build your meals with spinach, beets, sprouts, microgreens, onion, cabbage, swiss chard, collard greens, and lettuces in mind.
Vegetables are rich in nutrients like magnesium, tryptophan, zinc, folate, B vitamins and selenium. These can support the feel-good neurotransmitters in our brain, naturally!
Integrate mushrooms, leafy greens, chickpeas, broccoli, zucchini, and fermented foods into your routine as often as possible.