We all know that spending as little time in the middle isles of the grocery store as possible is the best way to avoid buying unhealthy foods. But perhaps the best isle to spend the most time in is the produce section. You really can’t go wrong with fresh veggies, but there’s a few that are tops on the list as the healthiest out there.
Now this isn’t a list of the tastiest veggies, otherwise that would be a whole different list (there’s a few that I’m about to list that I just can’t eat, no matter how much seasoning I put on ’em). But as I digress, research has shown that the following vegetables are the best of the best.
1) Kale. It’s kind of like lettuce, but crunchier and healthier. Known as a superfood, Kale is among the highest vegetables in antioxidant contents. It’s a great source of fiber, iron, and calcium, so you really can’t go wrong.
2) Spinach. Pop-Eye was definitely onto something here. Another superb source of antioxidants, and here’s a little bit of advice: it’s actually more nutritious when it’s cooked than if eaten raw. And what’s even better, spinach also helps with bone structure and clearing up your skin!
3) Broccoli. Had to be on the list, it just had to be! Easily the most popular vegetable of the classic “you can’t leave the table unless you eat your vegetables” veggie. It’s a great source of vitamin K and C and will help you fight off winter colds during this time of year.
4) Brussels Sprouts. Okay, I’m just going to come out an say it… I HATE BRUSSELS SPROUTS. I just can’t eat em. But if you like them, then that’s great because they’re an excellent vitamin source and and omega-3 fatty acids. So eat em up if they’re for you!
5) Tomatoes! This fruit (or vegetable??) has a ton of vitamins and is a great source of lycopene, while also helping out with lowering blood pressure and fighting heart disease.
So that’s the list! If you like them all, then you’re all set for a healthy and balanced diet. If you haven’t tried any of these, then it’s probably a good idea to pick up a bundle or two the next time you’re in the produce isle at the grocery store. It’ll get you healthier and be better off on your general CT health insurance!