8 Vegetables the Whole Family Will Love

 

It’s known that diet can have an important influence on conditions such as cardiovascular health and diabetes. However, powerful new research is showing that helping your family eat a low-sugar natural diet can help control some mental health conditions such as depression while supporting self-care Given this knowledge, it’s to your best advantage to start eating more vegetables. Here are a few the whole family will love.

 

1. Carrots

Carrots are rich in vitamin A, and they’re packed with antioxidants that can help prevent sickness such as cancer. You can eat carrots with anything. You can put them in soup, have them as part of a side dish for dinner and dip them in peanut butter for added protein.

 

2. Corn 

According to the Huffington Post, eating corn that isn’t highly processed, like corn on the cob, can be a low-calorie way to help promote a healthy intestinal microbiome. It also can improve colon health and manage free radicals in your body. You can also scrape the corn off the cob and put it as a side dish for dinner or into soup as well.

 

3. Green Beans 

Green bears are another side dish for dinner. There are lots of different ways to prepare green beans. You can bake them into casseroles, Shepherd’s pie, or just boil them and serve them with some light seasoning. If your kids are a bit picky, you can even bake them into a tasty, crunchy and healthy alternative to french fries.

 

4. Snap Peas 

Snap peas are a great snack food. They can be dipped into different sauces or eaten plain. There’s something so satisfying about breaking that plant apart and biting into it.

 

5. Tomatoes 

Tomatoes are rich in vitamin K, which is critical for wound healing and blood clotting. Plus, there’s evidence that vitamin K is important for bone and cardiovascular health. You can include tomatoes in sandwiches, salads, chili and other dishes. Grape and cherry tomatoes are especially tasty for picky eaters.

 

6. Sweet Potatoes 

By now you’ve heard of sweet potato fries. Sweet potatoes are high in potassium, fiber and vitamins A and C. They can be baked in the oven and eaten plain (or with a little seasoning), or they can be chopped up and boiled and added into an overall dish with other delicious vegetables.

 

7. Zucchini 

Zucchini is a super tasty food that clocks just 19 calories per cup, which means it can supplement the nutritional value of nearly any meal without significantly increasing caloric content. The best thing about zucchini is you can bake it into bread, waffles and other foods. It makes them extra moist and tasty.

 

8. Squash 

Squash has a lot of similar properties to zucchini and pairs well with it. You can chop up squash and zucchini and put some light olive oil on them and roast them in the oven. You can also lightly fry squash as a quick go-to for snacks.

 

If you’re trying to incorporate more vegetables into your life, it’s easier than you realize. Start off by using vegetables as side dishes and snacks. Soon you’ll be able to start cooking them as main dishes. Healthy food has a strong impact on your mental health. You’ll feel more energy as you eat nutritious food and this can help you cope with the stresses of daily living. It takes effort on your end, since there are no shortcuts to a healthy lifestyle. However, it makes life all the worthwhile.