Have your cake and eat it, too this holiday season...but make sure you're also eating your veggies! Take a look at this list below to learn how these winter veggies can help you be healthier all season long.
Beets – you either love them or hate them! No matter how you slice it, beets are incredibly good for you. Beets are a good source of folic acid, fiber, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and vitamin B6. The greens attached to the beet are also edible and contain beneficial vitamins and nutrients. If you don't want to deal with cooking beets, canned beets are a great option and are a great topping for salads.
Carrots are very rich in many different vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber and antioxidants! Carrots are loaded with beta carotene which is a powerful antioxidant. Cooking actually increases the health benefits of carrots so try them steamed, roasted, boiled, or grilled!
Fresh cabbage is rich in vitamins B1, B5, and B6, and also contains 61% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C and 63% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin K. Additionally, cabbage contains minerals such as potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Try making a fresh slaw with cabbage to eat as a side dish with your meals.
Brussels sprouts are rich in vitamin K, C, A, and B6. They are also a good source of copper, calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus - important for regulating heart rate and blood pressure. Brussels sprouts are not the most popular vegetable but we believe it's all in the method of cooking. Instead of boiling or steaming, try roasting brussels sprouts in the oven or even pop them into the air fryer for some texture.
It's true that Kale has more calcium per calorie when compared to a glass of milk! Additionally, researchers can now identify over 45 different flavonoids in kale and kale can provide 134% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C! Kale can be prepared and eaten in many different ways including raw, steamed, roasted, or air-fried.