Including enough vegetables in your diet plan is an important factor in…
- disease prevention,
- weight management, and
- blood sugar control.
Yet, many people are falling short on their vegetable choices. Even if they are making an effort to include more, usually this comes in the form of choosing the same vegetables over and over again. By mixing it up, you can ensure you receive optimal nutrition and put your best defense up against disease.
Let us look at four delicious vegetables you may be missing out on that should be a part of your regular diet plan…
1. Cabbage. If you tend to go with spinach or romaine lettuce whenever you make a salad, it may be time to reconsider. Cabbage is a vegetable full of antioxidants that will help combat cancer development.
What is more is it may help to lower cholesterol levels especially when cooked…
- stir-fry it,
- bake it into delicious cabbage rolls, or
- make soup with it.
There are several ways to serve this vegetable.
2. Pumpkin. Do you tend to only think of pumpkins around Halloween? Did you know this is a highly versatile vegetable you can do a lot with? Pick up some pureed pumpkin next time you are at the grocery store.
Pumpkin is very high in dietary fiber and a rich source of both vitamin A, as well as vitamin C. It is also a good source of folic acid and even offers a small amount of iron. Try using it in…
- pumpkin protein pancakes,
- pumpkin spice smoothies, or
prepare pumpkin soup with it instead.
3. Brussels Sprouts. The good old Brussels sprout. If you often turn your nose up to this one, it might be time to give it a second chance. The great thing about Brussels sprouts is they are loaded with phytonutrients which help combat cancer development.
Also, they are a rich source of fiber so will contribute to stabilizing blood sugar levels and may help keep you Type 2 diabetes free. Or, if you are already suffering, help better control your blood sugar and current symptoms.
Prepare them by sautéing them in a little olive oil and garlic and then adding whatever other spices you desire.
4. Squash. Finally, do not overlook squash. While this vegetable is slightly higher in carbs than some others, it is still not as high as potatoes would be so is an excellent reduced carb option for those looking to control their starchy potato intake.
Even better, squash is rich in dietary fiber so will help to stabilize blood sugar levels. Bake it just as you would potatoes, and you will hardly notice a difference.
Keep these vegetables in mind next time you are at the grocery store.