Superveg to the rescue
(Posted on 22/03/16)
Vegetables should be included in your 5-a-day and for good reason, but which ones? Take a look at the vegetables that made the ‘superveg’ classification and how they achieved their super food status.
Typically consumed as a Christmas dinner accompaniment in the U.K, brussel sprouts may not one of the nations favourite vegetables but provide special nutrient support for three body systems: the body's detox, antioxidant and inflammatory & anti-inflammatory systems. What’s more they are exceptionally rich sources of protein, dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
For those of you who think you could take or leave these little round beauties why not try Real Simple’s 11 Easy Recipes for Brussels Sprouts which are sure to spruce up these traditionally bland veggies to ensure you’ll never pass again.
Did you know cauliflower not only contains sulforaphane, which is good for the heart, blood pressure and kidney function but it’s also an anti-inflammatory rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, protein and fibre. And the best bit… it’s very low calorie and fat-free… what more could you want? Oh yes – lots of yummy recipes and versatile ways to cook it, well here you go: 20 delicious and healthy cauliflower recipes
Beets not only support good gallbladder and liver health, they are full to the brim with vitamins B3, B6, C and beta-carotene, as well as a valuable source of iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium. What’s more they can be enjoyed in so many ways! Our favourites are beetroot chocolate brownies and post-exercise beetroot juice drink.
Kale has become a well-known superfood over the years, but did you know that this leafy veg, which is jam-packed full of colon-friendly fibers, actually contains more vitamin C than an orange? Not mentioning how it can help to improve your cardiovascular health – we think it’s time to get munching on those kale crisps!
Not only is asparagus packed full of nutrients and an excellent source of fibre, vitamins A, C, E and K to name a few, it also carries anti-aging qualities! Step aside anti-wrinkle night cream – get me some asparagus!
Root Veggies Yucca & Yam
Originating from Cuba and Nigeria, Yucca and Yams are root vegetables. Yucca can help to reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and improve skin conditions, whereas yams are a good source of energy, boost the metabolism and lower the heart rate. These delicious root vegetables, prepared much like potatoes, have been said to make the taste buds as well as the consumer dance – give them a try!
If you’re a pickle fan, lacto-fermented vegetables could be the ones for you. According to Sally Fallon ‘the proliferation of lactobacilli in fermented vegetables enhances their digestibility and increases vitamin levels. These beneficial organisms produce numerous helpful enzymes as well as antibiotic and anti carcinogenic substances.’ Learn how best to enjoy these sour veggies with Nourishing Meals.
This trend follows on from of the rising demand for gluten-free. Using vegetables as an alternative for pasta is a clever way of fitting more veggies into your diet. Long or round vegetables that are harder in texture are ideal to spiralise, such as: courgette, beetroot, sweet potatoes, carrots, kohlrabi, cucumbers, broccoli stems, and butternut squash. Prepare to be ‘Inspiralized’!