Each season has the best veggies!
Winter veggies have these benefits! Enjoy then in this season!
This descendent of wild cabbage is a member of theCruciferae family, along with broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and collards. Kale originated in Asia Minor; around 600 B.C., and Celtic wanderers most likely brought the vegetable to Europe.
Leafy green kale is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C and manganese. It also has plenty of dietary fiber, copper, calcium, vitamin B6 and potassium.
Brussels sprouts can provide you with some special cholesterol-lowering benefits if you will use a steaming method when cooking them. The fiber-related components in Brussels sprouts do a better job of binding together with bile acids in your digestive tract when they've been steamed. When this binding process takes place, it's easier for bile acids to be excreted, and the result is a lowering of your cholesterol levels. Raw Brussels sprouts still have cholesterol-lowering ability — just not as much as steamed Brussels sprouts.
Artichokes make my Healthy Shopping List for many reasons: there strong tie to preventing serious conditions such as heart disease and cancer, their nourishing effect on the liver and digestive tract, ability to reduce dangerous body-wide inflammation, and of course their great taste and versatility in recipes too.
The milky, sweet, nutty flavor of cauliflower is a nice change from stronger-flavored vegetables.
Even though it lacks chlorophyll, cauliflower has plenty of other nutrients including vitamin C (91.5% of the DV), folate and dietary fiber. Cauliflower is even a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.