How to Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables, and Love Them!

How many times were you told as a child to eat your vegetables? How often do you find yourself telling your kids the same thing?

We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for us. Unfortunately, many of us struggle with getting enough of them into our daily diets.

Dressler’s Restaurant works with Poplar Ridge Farm and Commonwealth Farms for farm-fresh vegetables and flowers. We also use a forager to source ramps (wild leeks), wild mushrooms, and some bitter salad greens. Because we like to keep our team happy and healthy, our kitchen always serves tasty vegetables at our daily staff meal.

The vegetables listed below are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, easy and inexpensive to buy, and require little or no preparation to eat. According to nutritionists, not only can these foods help you look and feel better, they can reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and many cancers.

Grow them in your garden at home or buy them at your local store or farmers’ market. Try adding some of these to your diet today.

Apples—soluble fiber lowers blood cholesterol and glucose levels; vitamin C protects your body’s cells from damage; helps reduce risk of heart disease, lung cancer, and diabetes.

Beans—good source of iron, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, and magnesium; low-fat source of protein and fiber; reduces risk of heart disease, diabetes, breast and colon cancers.

Blueberries—low-calorie source of fiber and vitamin C; loaded with phytonutrients to prevent heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers; helps improve short-term memory.

Broccoli—a great source of folate (B vitamin that prevents birth defects), vitamin A, and C; contains phytonutrients; good for preserving eye health; helps protect against cancer and heart disease.

Brussel Sprouts—another great source of folic acid; fiber, calcium, and vitamins K, A, and C.

Garlic—contains phytonutrients; decreases high blood pressure; lowers rates of ovarian and colorectal cancers; helps fight infection.

Red Peppers—excellent source of vitamin C; great for your skin (less wrinkling and dryness); gives your immune system a boost.

Spinach—packed with vitamins A, C, and folate; magnesium and iron help boost immune system; carotenoids protect against macular degeneration and night blindness; protects against heart disease and some cancers.

Sweet Potatoes—good source of fiber; high in vitamin C, B-6, and potassium; beta-carotene protects eyes, skin, and lining of respiratory, urinary, and intestinal tracts; helps slow aging process; protects against some cancers.

Tomatoes—high in lycopene; protects against heart disease and breast cancer.

There are so many delicious and healthy ways to prepare vegetables. You can eat them fresh, steamed, sautéed, roasted, or grilled. Add them to soups, stews, and stir-fry.

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