We probably bore you silly reminding you that organic vegetables and fruit should be a key part of your diet. Each week we list our scrumptious organic vegetable list – we just like to remind you in case you forget!
Last week the programme Trust Me I’m a Doctor gave dark green leafy vegetables the thumbs up. This was no surprise given the incredible rise of Kale which is now considered a superfood – and with good reason:
- It offers us a great range of nutrients such as
- Vitamins A, C, K and B6
- Calcium – in common with many dark green veg – providing us with an excellent alternative to milk
- Copper, iron, potassium and magnesium
- It helps us manage cholesterol levels
- It is so versatile, it can be used in
- as a steamed vegetable
- as kale chips
Broccoli is another green superfood! Like kale it is nutrient rich and low in calories. It offers us fibre and support against cholesterol as well as supporting eye health.
Don’t be put off by your childhood memories of soggy limp broccoli. Try purple sprouting broccoli or tender stem broccoli both of which can be eaten raw in salads. Yummy! Alternatively use it in soups with your favourite cheese. I love to gently steam mine so it maintains its texture.
Trust Me tested spinach and rocket plus beetroot and a plate of non-nitrate salad. Each participant was given a plate of food and then asked to exercise.
The results were that for those who had the spinach/rocket and beetroot, which also contains a good level of nitrates, the effort to exercise was reduced. Result – we can exercise longer for less effort! Bonus – blood pressure was also reduced and most significantly with those with the highest blood pressure.
Just a thought as Trust Me highlighted – the benefits of green leafy veg, when spread over the country, could reduce heart health issues by 10%
Conclusion – do as mum told you and eat your greens :)
Check out our vegetable list to see what you can buy today!