Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Tasty Vegetables It Would Be a Crime NOT to Eat! #eatyourveggies #plantpowered #veggielife

Most of us understand the importance of including plenty of healthy vegetables in our daily diet. However, many of us are missing the mark when it comes to actually putting this knowledge into action! If we DO eat vegetable? Many of us tend to eat the same four or five vegetables without venturing out to try more. Doing so means we're missing out on many delicious vegetables! Today, The Weekend Gourmet is spotlighting five vegetables that are often overlooked. See if you can find a new vegetable to try this week...I'm planning to stream some artichokes! This article may contain affiliate links.

Most of us like to think we eat a varied diet, full of dozens of different foods. However, the truth is that the vast majority of people hardly eat any variety at all. The average person's daily diet consists mainly of meat, oils, and sugar -- none of which contain high concentrations of certain vital nutrients. Fruits, vegetables, and beans make up less than 10% of the calories in a typical diet. This is a tragedy! There are so many delicious vegetables out there that it’s almost a crime not to eat them. In this post, we're taking a look at five vegetables you might be overlooking...and steps you can take to add more of them to your diet. 

(1) Radishes

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Radishes are popular in Eastern cooking, particularly Chinese and Korean cuisines. However, they barely register in the Western diet. You can purchase them from the store, but what can you actually do with them? The main purpose of radishes is to add freshness to your meals. That’s why people typically add them to salads...or use them as a garnish. Radishes are a part of the same family as broccoli, so you’re getting much of the same healthy goodness when you cook with radishes. 

(2) Rutabaga

Rutabaga is a cross between a cabbage and a turnip, and it tastes delicious! It’s also one of the cheapest sources of food you can buy. Rutabaga adds a big burst of nutrition to dishes. You can blend it with mashed potatoes and cream for a side dish. You can also make them into crispy bites by baking thin rounds of rutabaga in your oven on relatively low heat. 

(3) Yams

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Another root vegetable we rarely see here in the West is yams. However, this tuber is popular all over the world...from the Caribbean to East Asia. At first glance, yams look like giant sweet potatoes. However, they're a completely different species and taste quite unique. Yams are fluffy and starchy...and don’t have a lot of sweetness. Some yams have white flesh, but the healthiest are purple yams -- because they contain high levels of anthocyanins. Yams are similar to Delta8 gummies in the sense they can help you feel good. They contain special chemicals that decrease inflammation in the brain, helpling to adjust your mood. 

(4) Asparagus

Asparagus is a shoot, which means it comes from a different part of the plant from most veggies that you eat. Most vegetables are roots, leaves, or flowers. Shoots -- including asparagus, rhubarb, and celery -- are much less common. The best way to eat asparagus is by itself, thanks to its delicious, tender flavor. Add a squeeze of lemon, salt, and pepper for a lowfat side dish.

(5) Artichoke

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Artichoke is another vegetable that most people don't include in their meals regularly. Artichoke is practically the only thistle in the human diet. Artichokes comes from a large spiky plant, like a regular garden thistle weed. However, if you get the flavor right, artichokes can be utterly delicious. One of the best ways to eat artichokes is part of an antipasto platter. You can also pan-fry them or sear on the griddle. Please note that artichokes are exceptionally high in fiber. If you're not used to eating a lot of vegetables, it might give you gas after eating it.

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