It may be no secret that veggies are good for you; but which ones are the healthiest and most beneficial? Even after you have gone through the process of becoming paleo and sourcing out organic, GMO-free produce, there will still be foods that are healthier than others. Here is a quick list of which vegetables are paleo.
DARK GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES
- I doubt this is the first time someone has told you to eat your greens, in fact, you have probably heard this your entire life. Well, mom was right. Dark green leafy greens are high in iron, potassium, calcium, carotenoids, potassium, magnesium and Vitamins B, C K, and E. Dark leafy greens include spinach, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, parsley, Swiss chard, and lettuce.
- While you may still be a little sore about cutting out potatoes, sweet potatoes are really are just plain out better for you. They are very rich in vitamin A, vitamin c, vitamin B6, potassium, iron, and fiber. They are also very versatile, just hold the butter and try eating them roasted or drizzled with a little honey! Sweet potatoes are a perfect paleo vegetables for any meal.
- Bell peppers are mild enough to be added to just about any dish without adding any unwanted heat to the dish. They are a wonderful source of fiber, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin b, and manganese. Not to mention they will brighten up anything you put them in, both with flavor and color.
- Squash wins out on nearly every flavor benefit and cooking method. It is as versatile as it is healthy. Squash is a good source of potassium, fiber, carotenoids, vitamin A, magnesium and vitamin C. Squash can take on any flavors that you pair it with or shine by itself with little to no seasoning.
BROCCOLI AND CAULIFLOWER
- Both known as cruciferous vegetables; broccoli and cauliflower are both beneficial vegetable that everyone should try. They both contain Vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, calcium, iron, folic acids, and phytonutrients. While they aren’t everyone’s favorites, the benefits are undeniable and cauliflower is a great option for substituting many grains, such as rice.
- Add a beautiful color and deliciously sweet flavor to any dish or salad, they are also extremely beneficial to your health. A great source of vitamin D, Vitamin A, and carotenoids. They are also a great source of fiber when eaten raw. Carrots are believed to protect against cancer due to their antioxidant properties.