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3 Veggies To Add To Your Diet ASAP

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Spring is here, and now is the time to go out to your garden or your local farmer’s market to gather up a few fresh veggies. When food becomes boring (it does for everyone), you can add add veggies to your diet to give your meals the kick they need to taste delectable.

The good news is that vegetables are good for you, and you can eat these healthy snacks without feeling guilty. Veggies also add a splash of color to your diet and ensure you get a variety of vitamins and minerals.

A few ideas to add veggies into your diet are:

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These 3 superstar veggies have so many benefits. Add veggies to your diet to enjoy the healthfulness and flavor!

Zucchini is exceptionally good for you, and zucchinis are chock full of vitamins and minerals, including:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B2
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Folate
  • Copper

This is a summer veggie, so if you plan on picking zucchini from your garden, you need to wait just a few more months to get started.

I love to make gluten-free zucchini nut bread, but you can also make:

  • Zucchini fritters
  • Zucchini pizza bites
  • Zucchini fries

Use your imagination, and if you have a bread machine sitting in the cabinet like I do, it’s the perfect excuse to get some use out of it.

Broccoli: So much more than steamed

These 3 superstar veggies have so many benefits. Add veggies to your diet to enjoy the healthfulness and flavor!

Broccoli used to only taste good to me with a ton of cheese melted on top, but that quickly changed as I got older. This great veggie is filled with good-for-you nutrients, and it’s also available in stores all year long if you don’t mind buying it frozen.

I like to eat my broccoli raw with a dip of some sort or hummus, and this fits well into my diet, too.

The perfect snack for a hot summer or spring day, broccoli is a superfood that we can’t get enough of. You will find plenty of ways to eat broccoli, which include:

  • Salads
  • Roasted
  • Casserole
  • Breadsticks

The great thing about broccoli is that it has high values of:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin E
  • Fiber
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Selenium
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Niacin
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

Broccoli is nutritional powerhouse, and you can quickly cook it in a sous vide or put it in a pot of boiling water, too.

Eggplant: Versatile and plentiful

These 3 superstar veggies have so many benefits. Add veggies to your diet to enjoy the healthfulness and flavor!

Eggplant is best in late summer, but it’s such a versatile vegetable that I just had to mention it. What’s great about eggplant is that it’s able to be added to a variety of dishes, or it can be put in something as simple as a salad to provide an additional boost of nutrients.

And when I make eggplant, I usually go with an eggplant parm or eggplant rollatini dish.

Both delicious and nutritious, these dishes are filled with nutrients that are good for your body and soul, including:

  • Fiber
  • Copper
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin K
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Folate

Eggplant is a brain food, and the skin of the eggplant is a potent antioxidant called nasunin. Studies show that eggplant is good for your cardiovascular health, brain and body. Did I mention it tastes great, too? I highly recommend you try the vegan ratatouille recipe for yourself.

If you’re bored with the vegetables above and want a few veggies you can throw into your dutch oven and cook up quick, there are plenty of other options available. Some of the most nutrient-dense vegetables available include:

  • Asparagus: Just 40 calories in a cup, asparagus offers 100% of your vitamin K needs and is filled with: folate, vitamin B1, B2, C, B3, A and B6. This veggie is also filled with copper, selenium, phosphorus, fiber and other good-for-you ingredients.
  • Avocados: A very healthy fat, avocados have 240 calories per cup, but this veggie also has an abundance of pantothenic acid, fiber and vitamin K. You’ll also enjoy a healthy dose of vitamin E, C and B6.
  • Brussels sprouts: A cup of Brussels sprouts has just 56 calories, and is filled with 243% of your vitamin K needs and 129% of your vitamin C needs. This great veggie also has folate, fiber, choline, potassium, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B1, B3, B6.

If you still want more great vegetables to add into your diet, you can try:

  • Celery
  • Collard greens
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Olives
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Swiss chard
  • Mustard greens

Vary your meals and add veggies to your diet. Your body will thank you for it.

Joe Hughes, known by most as the Village Baker, is an expert in homestyle cooking techniques, with a primary interest in baking. He runs the very popular website, www.village-bakery.com, which provides the latest homestyle cooking news, techniques, tricks, and recipes. He can be reached at Joe@Village-Bakery.com.

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