Here is my pick for the Top 10 veggies you should be serving your family. I have chosen them because of their low calorie count, high fiber count, and their rich anti-oxidant qualities. The DV stands for the Daily Value-what % of a nutrient a food has that meets your daily needs. Learn more about daily dose required dose of calories by clicking here.
This standard was developed by the Food and Drug Administration. Enjoy!
1. Broccoli (raw, chopped)
- 1 cup serving: 31 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 6 grams of carbohydrates
- Vitamin C 135% DV similar to an orange, Vitamin A 11%DV calcium 4%DV
- Good source of calcium. For those who don’t consume dairy, 1 cup of broccoli has the same amount of calcium as 4 oz of milk.
- Good source of Vitamin A mostly as beta-carotene, an antioxidant that has been linked to a reduction of cataracts, heart disease, and some cancers.
- Contains two important phytochemicals that increase certain cancer-fighting enzymes.
- 1 cup serving: 28 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 6 grams of carbohydrates
- Vit C 46%DV Folate 7 %DV Potassium 3%DV Vit B6 5%DV
- Heart healthy- as folate, potassium and vitamin B6 help protect the heart
- Best when steamed as overcooking destroys the Vitamin C and folic acid. Great substitute for mashed potatoes. Far more nutritious and far fewer carbohydrates than potatoes.
- Contains phytochemicals that can block the growth of certain cancers.
3. Spinach (mustard)
- 1 cup cooked: 29 calories, 4 grams of fiber, 5 grams of carbohydrates
- Vitamin A 295% DV, Vitamin C 195% DV, Vit B6 9%, Calcium 28% DV, Folate 33%DV, Iron 8% DV Potassium 15%DV
- Contains the phytochemical lutein which helps prevent age-related macular degeneration
- Contains lipoic acid which aides Vitamin C and E regenerate. May also regulated blood sugar levels.
- Tasty and versatile, served either fresh or cooked can be included in many dishes without adding hardly any calories. learn more about grilling tips at http://www.janadaclark.com/grilling-tips/
4. Green beans
- 1 cup serving: 44 calories, 4 grams of fiber, 10 grams of carbohydrates
- Vitamin A 17%DV, Vitamin C 20%DV, VitK 25%DV, Folate 10%DV, Manganese 18%DV, Magnesium 6%DV
- Are very low in carbohydrates compared to other beans-so you can eat a large serving with little impact on insulin levels.
- Can lower cholesterol levels due to high amount of fiber.
- 1 medium artichoke: 64 calories, 10 grams of fiber, 14 grams of carbohydrates
- Vitamin K 22%DV, Folate 27%DV, Vitamin C 15%DV, Potassium 9%DV, Niacin 7%DV, Magnesium 13%DV, Manganese 13%DV, Phosphorus 9%DV
- Has as much potassium as a banana.
- Has a very high number of antioxidants-ranked 4th for total antioxidant content as compared with over a 1000 foods commonly eaten in US.
- Promotes healthy cholesterol levels and healthy arteries. Content of Vitamin B6 may help to reduce IBS syndrome.
- 12 spears: 39 calories, 4 grams of fiber, 8 grams of carbohydrates
- Vitamin A 20%DV, Vitamin K 63% DV, Folate 37%DV Vit C 13%DV, Potassium 6% DV, Selenium 9 %DV
- The amount of folate helps to reduce levels of homocysteine, which can lead to atherosclerosis and heart disease, and also helps prevent birth defects.
- Contains more of the antioxidant glutathione than another other fruit or vegetable. This powerful antioxidant detoxifies the body of carcinogens, protects cell membranes DNA, and aides the recycling benefits of Vitamin C and E.
- Acts as a natural diuretic, reduces swelling and water retention.
7. Brussels Sprouts
- 1 cup cooked: 54 calories, 4 grams of fiber, 12 grams of carbohydrates
- Vitamin 24%DV, Vitamin C 160%DV, Vit K 180%DV, Folate 15%DV, Potassium 14%DV, Calcium 6 %DV, Iron 10%DV,
- Another cruciferous vegetable, powerful phytochemicals called indoles protect against cancer.
- Unique to vegetables-Brussels sprouts are high in protein-as protein accounts for more than ¼ of their calories per serving
- Over cooking releases unpleasant sulfur compounds. To avoid, add just enough water to cover and boil until water is absorbed. Roasting, steaming, stir frying and micro waving are other options
8. Bok Choy
- 1 cup chopped, raw: 30 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 4.5 grams of carbohydrates
- Vitamin A 63%DV, Vit C 52%DV, Vit K 40%DV, Folate 12%DV, Vit B6 7%DV, Calcium 7%DV, Potassium 5%DV, Manganese 6%DV, Iron 3%DV, Magnesium 3%DV, Phosphorus 3%DV
- A member of the cabbage family is a cruciferous vegetable and contains glucosinolates, which have cancer-fighting properties. For best absorption of cancer-fighting enzymes, chop and eat raw.
- Good source of beta carotene which promotes eye health. For best absorption of beta carotene cook first and serve with a dash of fat.
- 1 medium: 33 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 7 grams of carbohydrates
- Vitamin C 40%DV, Vitamin A 30%DV, Vitamin K 18%DV, Vit B6 7%DV, Potassium 12%DV, Manganese 10%DV, Folate 7%DV
- Contains higher concentrations of lycopene, the powerful antioxidant than any other plant source. The redder the tomato, the more lycopene it contains. High levels of lycopene have been shown to greatly reduce the risk of developing certain cancers. Eating just one tomato gives you this protective effect.
- Lycopene is still present in tomato juice, if tomato is cooked in sauce, or processed into paste.
10. Red Bell Pepper
- 1 whole red pepper: 46 calories, 3 grams of fiber, 9 grams of carbohydrates
- Vitamin C 317% DV, Vitamin A 93%DV, Vitamin E 12% DV, Vit B6 22%DV, Folate 17%DV, Potassium 9%DV, Manganese 8%DV
- Actually a ripened green pepper, contain more nutrients than green or yellow peppers. Have more Vit C than an orange and twice as much as a green pepper.
- Cooked red peppers enhance the absorption of beta-carotene.
- Contain the antioxidant lycopene which reduces the chance of prostate cancer.