Today, June 17, is National Eat Your Vegetables Day, presented by Agrilicious. WHOOHOOO!!
“National Eat Your Vegetables Day 2014 is a perfect opportunity for all of us to reconnect with all that is good about dirt candy, AKA veggies!” said Duane Dahl, Co-Founder of Agrilicious. “The one day out of the year we celebrate the fact that Mother did know best. The one day where we must eat our vegetables!”
Vegetables great for for hair growth, losing weight and overall physical health.
Make the Most Out of Every Bite
A recent study released by The Center for Disease Control, (CDC), defines “Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables”. PFVs are attributed with preventing diseases and broadly defined as “green leafy, yellow/orange, citrus and cruciferous items.”
The study, conducted by Jennifer Di Noia of William Paterson University, looked at 17 important nutrients naturally occurring in food (fiber, protein, potassium, Vitamin A, B12, D) and calculated how much of those nutrients were found in a 100-calorie serving.
Here’s the top and bottom 5 results from the study, which shows the most and least nutrient dense vegetables.
Top 5 (Nutrient Density Score)
- Watercress, (100)
- Chinese Cabbage, 91.99
- Chard, 89.27
- Beet Green, 87.08
- Spinach, 86.43
No surprise here. Most dense vegetables are found in the green family. So eat your green vegetables!
Bottom 5 (But still better than Fruit Gushers!)
- Sweet Potato, 10.51
- Leek, 10.69
- Turnip, 11.43
- Rutabaga, 11.58
- Winter Squash, 13.89
So push away the Cheetos and set aside the Fruit Gushers – today is National Eat Your Vegetables Day! To find your local or organic veggies near you visit http://www.agrilicious.org and then share your vegetable du jour on Twitter at #EatYourVeggies.
You can also take a look at several recipes and easy ways to incorporate more vegetables in your daily meals.
- Beet, Orange and Apple Juice Recipe
- Cauliflower Crust Pizza Recipe
- Chipotle’s Corn Salsa Recipe
- Faux Fried Rice Using Cauliflower
- Quinoa Broccoli Casserole
- Fried Black Rice With Ginger Tofu, Spinach and Green Beans
- Healthy Snack: Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Breakfast of Champions: Blueberry Quinoa with Granola and Fruit
- Simple Chili Recipes for Meat Eaters, Vegetarians and Vegans
- DIY Sushi Without a Bamboo Mat
- Strawberry, Carrot, Nectarine Juice
- Affordable and Simple Green Juice