Vegetables are an important part of keeping a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. There are many kinds of vegetables and each one has its own unique taste and health properties. Below is a list of vegetables that are tasty and good for you!
Artichokes are one of the oldest foods known to humans. They are green and spiny and lots of people think they’re ugly, but they’re really good for you! They have a lot of a vitamin called “folate” which keeps your blood healthy and that means that they help you grow.
Bok Choy is a cabbage that is native to China. Bok Choy is very healthy for people because it has a lot of vitamin C, iron, fiber, calcium and folate and all of those things help make your body stronger. Bok Choy also contains a substance called “beta carotene” that turns into vitamin A inside the body. Anything that contains vitamin A is really good for your eyes and vision.
Cabbage is a leafy vegetable that is very similar to lettuce. Cabbage is one of the oldest foods known to man and it’s especially refreshing to eat because it is more than 90% water! Cabbage is full of vitamins A, B and C and it can help balance the sodium levels in your body if you’ve eaten too many salty foods.
Cauliflower is a vegetable that looks a little bit like broccoli except it is white on top instead of green. Cauliflower is full of vitamins B and C and they might even be able to protect people from certain kinds of cancer.
Cucumbers are long green vegetables that strongly resemble zucchini. Cucumbers are 96% water so they are the perfect food to bring if you plan on walking through a desert any time soon! Cucumbers have some vitamins and fiber so they are healthy as well as refreshing.
Garlic is a small white vegetable that somewhat resembles an onion. It can help keep mosquitoes away and, if you believe old legends, vampires too! Garlic grows as a root as is most commonly found in Italy and France. Most garlic is chopped up and used to add flavor to food but it can also leave your breath smelling bad! Garlic includes dietary fiber, potassium, iron, zinc and vitamin C.
Mushrooms are a vegetable that is, as gross as it sounds, actually a type of fungus! But most mushrooms are delicious and they have been eaten throughout Europe and Asia for thousands of years. There are over 250 edible mushrooms in the world but you should not eat mushrooms you see growing wild outside because some of them can be poisonous! Edible mushrooms are rich in vitamin B and they are also a good source of fiber and potassium.
Parsnip is a leafy vegetable that is often used as a spice to flavor food. Parsnip grows wild in England and certain parts of Asia although it can also be easily cultivated in most gardens and greenhouses. Parsnip tastes sweet because half of its carbohydrate is sugar. Parsnip has lots of fiber, vitamin C and B and potassium so it’s very good for you.
Asparagus is a green vegetable that is rich in fiber and keeps your digestive system healthy. Asparagus can also do some cool things—like take the pain out of a bee sting. It’s also full of vitamin B and C so if you eat it when you’re a kid you will grow big and strong!
Celery is a vegetable that looks like a green stick. It’s full of fiber and it’s refreshing to eat after meals because it can clean your mouth and teeth; kind of like a natural toothpaste. Celery contains some vitamin C and helpful minerals like potassium that help keep the body healthy.
Eggplants are purple oval-shaped vegetables that are found in many recipes, especially those from countries around the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Eggplants are a good source of fiber and vitamin B6 which is very good for your blood, brain and lots of other tissues in your body.
Leeks are stalk-like green vegetables with white stems. They have lots of fiber, vitamin C and vitamin A. Leeks have been cultivated in the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East for over 3000 years! The Ancient Romans believed that leeks could be used as medicines to cure sore throats and the Roman Emperor Nero used to eat lots of us to improve his singing voice! Leeks can also be used in recipes including ones to make soup.
Olives are small round vegetables that are usually either black or green. Olives supply vitamin E and their skins have some natural oils that add taste and are a form of good healthy fat. Olives grow on trees but they are not edible until they have been salted. If you eat olives it is good to eat fruits or vegetables that are high in potassium too because this helps balance the high salt content in olives.
Peas are very tiny round green vegetables that have been grown by people since 9750 BC! Peas are considered to be the best source of fiber among all vegetables and they also include vitamins A, B and C. Green peas also include iron, zinc and potassium so they are among the healthiest foods a person can eat! Peas are sued in many recipes, including stuffing, so it is easy to find ways to add peas to your diet.
Rhubarb is a reddish vegetable that looks like a stick or a stalk. Rhubarb contains some natural acid and it is bitter to eat unless it is cooked and sugar is added. Rhubarb has lots of vitamin C and fiber and, when cooked and sweetened, it can be a delicious ingredient in pies.
Squash is similar to pumpkins and it comes in an array of shapes and colors, usually orange, yellow or green. Squash has lots of vitamin C, fiber and potassium. It can be used in lots of recipes or even as decorations during the autumn time when squash are most ripe.
Turnips are red vegetables that grow at the end of leafy green stalks. They contain the vitamins A, B, C and E and are an excellent source of fiber and potassium.
Brussels sprouts are green stalk-like vegetable that contains the vitamins A, B, C, E and K. They also contain iron and fiber so they are among the healthiest vegetables a person can eat. They used to be considered a gourmet vegetable in Britain and would be served as a treat with the Christmas dinner!
Shallots, which are also called “scallions,” are a green vegetable that are an excellent source of vitamin A and C and dietary fiber. They are included in a number of recipes to add flavor to the meals.
Zucchinis are a long green vegetable that resembles a cucumber. Zucchini contains the vitamins A, B and C so they have lots of fiber. Zucchini is quite tasty so it appears in lots of recipes. It is even possible to make zucchini bread!