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Health Food Store Tour: Vegetables

March 14, 2012

Hi there! I’m Christy Goldfeder, IIN Class of 2006, and head coach at Delicious Life Health Coaching. Join me on IIN’s virtual Health Food Store Tour, where I’ll give you weekly tips on how to shop healthfully. Come back each week as we stroll through the aisles to discover which foods are the healthiest.

Vegetables

This is my usually first stop on a Health Food Store Tour because I don’t know anyone who gets enough vegetables in their diet.

The first thing I show clients is the range of leafy greens available–most are amazed to see the kale, collards, and chard. (They’ve always been there, but my clients don’t notice them.)

What should you look for when shopping?

  • Freshness – what looks new and vibrant? Choose that over your usual picks if they’re looking wilted or tired.
  • Variety – pick up a rainbow of colorful vegetables to get a variety of vitamins and nutrients.
  • Cleanliness – where do they fall on the Dirty Dozen? If they’re among the highest sprayed, choose organic.

Here are a few of my favorite veggies (and some recipes to go with them!):

kale

Kale: An excellent source of vitamin K, kale’s many health benefits include reducing inflammation, boosting cardiovascular function, and aiding body-wide detox. The dark, leafy green may also play a major role in preventing multiple types of cancer. Click here for a healthy recipe!

broccoli

Broccoli: For those looking to lower their cholesterol, the fiber in broccoli may be especially helpful. This cruciferous vegetable is also packed with vitamins A, K, and D, a nutrient that most people chronically lack. This delicious veggie is also tied to cancer prevention, detoxification, and digestive benefits. Click here for a healthy recipe!

sweet potatoes

Sweet Potatoes: Whether your sweet potato is orange, white, or even purple, it’s bound to do your body good. Not only are these tasty starches filled with antioxidants, but they may even help reduce the effects of heavy metal toxicity and regulate blood sugar levels. Click here for a healthy recipe!

zucchini

Zucchini: Sometimes referred to as “courgettes” or “summer squash,” zucchini is high in Vitamin C; it’s also known for containing the duo of lutein and zeaxanthin, which are carotenoids proven to promote eye health. Because of its high water content, zucchini is a great cooling food that’s perfect for hot summer days. Click here for a healthy recipe!

collard greens

Collard Greens: Much like kale, collard greens have off-the-charts levels of vitamin K, and may even be better at reducing cholesterol levels than their leafy green cousins. To get the most from your collards, skip preparations including foods like bacon that are high in saturated fat. Click here for a healthy recipe!

What are your favorite ways to prepare these veggies?