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10 of the Most Nutritious Vegetables You Can Eat

We have already established that eating healthy is hard. Navigating a Whole Foods is not for the faint of heart. Which fats are bad? Which vegetables are best? Does anyone really know? Maybe, maybe not, but thanks to the Nutrition Action Healthletter, we can at least see how all the famed veggies stack up.

The agency responsible for the newsletter gathered nutritional info made available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database, and it ranked the world’s most popular vegetables, taking into account their calories and Vitamin K, lutein, Vitamin C, Potassium, and fiber content. Some veggies were obvious superstars, racking in scores of over 1,000 points, but others didn’t fare so well, coming in with a score of 54 points, and yes, iceberg lettuce, we’re looking at you.

10. Carrots

Coming up first on our list, sitting at the No. 10 spot is a vegetable that is arguably pretty easy to love: the carrot. One serving of this orange veggie is only 30 calories, and it comes packed with fiber, Vitamin K, and lutein. Lutein is a caretenoid concentrated in the retinas of your eyes, and it’s a necessary component of normal vision. It is suggested that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables that contain lutein may also decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease, so it appears as though your grandma was actually on to something. There’s a reason she told you eating carrots is good for your eyes.

9. Radicchio (raw)

Radicchio is next! Sounds like the king of the vegetables, yes? And the Nutrition Action Healthletter supports that ranking. Sometimes known as Italian chicory, two cups of this good stuff yields a whopping 20 calories and a score of 467 points on the newsletter’s rank. Radicchio also comes laden with Vitamin K and lutein, along with Vitamin C and potassium. When you’re on the hunt for radicchio in the grocery store, seek out the leaf vegetable with white-veined red leaves. Though it has a bitter and spicy taste as raw, grilling or roasting helps mellow out its flavor. Unfortunately, radicchio is only listed at No. 9 on our list in its raw form, but we won’t blame you if you wade into the radicchio waters roasting the vegetable first.

8. Sweet potato

Coming in at No. 8 is American’s favorite superfood, the sweet potato. The white potato’s healthy counterpart racks up a score of 492 points on the Nutrition Action Healthletter’s list, and it’s all thanks to the ample amount of Vitamin C one small potato with skin provides, along with potassium, fiber, vitamins, and magnesium. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, there’s a reason healthy eaters love to love this naturally sweetened carbohydrate.

7. Mustard greens

But the sweet potato still isn’t healthier than seven other vegetables that reign supreme, and one of them is the mustard greens. One serving of these veggies yields just 10 calories, but its nutritional profile is worth much, much more. Mustard greens are chock full of Vitamin K, lutein, Vitamin C, and fiber. They’ve been noted on lists as the world’s healthiest foods, and just in case you’re ready to give mustard greens a try, look out for the plant that often occurs in some form in African, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and soul food cuisine.

6. Pumpkin (canned)

Continuing to make our way down the list, we come to another favorite orange veggie, because pumpkin shouldn’t only be purposed as a vehicle for your Halloween jack-o-lanterns. Rather, in its canned form, it racks up 577 points on the list highlighted on the Nutrition Action Healthletter, and there, experts praise its Vitamin K, Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber content. Bake this baby into baked goods and pride yourself on eating one of the top six healthiest veggies.

5. Turnip greens

Back on our greens game, we come to another impressive plant, the turnip greens. Turn up for turnips. One serving of these babies comes to only 20 calories, and for that measly total, you get vitamin K, lutein, vitamin C, and fiber. Sorry, potassium, turnip greens aren’t a vehicle for you. These root vegetables go by a lot of different names, but Americans tend to either roast them, sauté them, mash them (with bacon!), or puree them into a soup. It’s your choice how you consume them, but as their score of 714 points evidences, you should definitely say yes to the turnips.

4. Swiss chard

Swiss chard comes in at the No. 4 spot, boasting an impressive score of 717 points, just slightly higher than the value of turnip greens. This leafy green vegetable is often used in Mediterranean cooking and covers all the nutrient bases, coming packed with Vitamin K, lutein, Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. It is also rich in minerals and protein. Healthy eaters have been chomping down on this veggie for decades now, but if you’re new to swiss chard land, sauté it or roast the chard leaves first. Cooking mellows out the bitter taste of this vegetable and yields a pleasant, albeit earthy, flavor.

3. Collard greens

And you don’t have to be from the South to enjoy this next highlighted vegetable, although that’s where collard greens enjoy the most fanfare. These plants are known for their large, dark-colored, edible leaves, and they’re easily made into a number of popular dishes, including good old sautéed collard greens with bacon. Loaded with Vitamin K, lutein, Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, there really is no reason you shouldn’t be at least trying to incorporate collard greens in some of your meal plans, especially considering one serving only yields 20 calories. C’mon now.

2. Spinach (raw)

Getting closer to the distinction of best, vegetable, ever, we come to spinach, a vegetable that many consumers have grown to love — no pun intended. In its raw form, spinach totals 968 points on the scale provided by the Nutrition Action Healthletter, and it’s no surprise, considering the green vegetable is teeming with vitamin A, lutein, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids. Hide spinach on your salad, in your eggs, in your smoothies, or even in your desserts, and you’ll be benefiting from its impressive nutritional profile.

1. Kale

And the greatest vegetable of them? King Kale, killing the competition with its score of 1,392 points. It’s hardly a surprise that kale takes the No. 1 distinction, considering it’s the it veggie healthy eaters love to love, but now we fully understand why. This vegetable has been around since the dark ages, but it’s now one of hottest greens that can be found on foodies’ plates, especially if it is massaged. Raw kale previously seemed almost unpalatable due to its bitter taste and unappetizing texture, but now that chefs and foodies have discovered that massaging the vegetable with olive oil and salt can break down its tough cellulose structure, healthy consumers are all about reaping the benefits of the greens packed with Vitamins A, C, and K, B6, and calcium. Case in point? Eat your kale, and like it too.

Leesa recommends always chooseing organic vegetables!

By Emily Cole
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Contact me today and Start today to live a healthier, happier life!  Don’t live in Atlanta?  Not a problem.  We do virtual coaching worldwide!

I look forward to helping YOU Live a Happy Healthy Life!  Remember, Excellent Health is found along your way, not just at your destination.

Live Well!

Leesa A. Wheeler

Leesa A. Wheeler

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The 12 Healthiest Foods for Your Heart

12 Healthiest Foods for Your Heart

1. Oatmeal

oatmeal

 

No longer the bland, sticky stuff of generations past, oatmeal has been upgraded to a popular, delicious vessel for all your favorite spices and mix-ins. Approved by the FDA as a certified heart-healthy food, oatmeal contains soluble fibers that help lower LDL cholesterol. In 2008, a study published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine found that the link between oats and cardiovascular health is even stronger than researchers previously thought—the tasty breakfast food also reduces your risk for elevated blood pressure and prevents the hardening of the arteries.

 

2. Carrots

 

Bugs Bunny would be proud. According to the British Journal of Nutrition, eating more deep-orange-colored fruits and vegetables is linked to a lower risk of coronary heart disease. Because of their rich beta-carotene content, carrots specifically have been found to lower the risk of CHD by 32%. An added bonus for the ladies: if you eat carrots, you’ll significantly reduce your chance of having a heart attack!

3. Whole Grains

Whole grains

Devotees to the low-carb lifestyle might need to reconsider their allegiance; studies show that people who eat whole grains tend to have a lower risk of heart disease than people who don’t. In fact, in one Harvard study, researchers found that people who ate a high-fiber diet full of whole grains had a 30% lower risk of heart disease. Why, you ask? Whole grains contain antioxidants, phytoestrogens, and phytoserols, all of which protect against coronary disease.

 

4. Salmon

Salmon

 

No matter whether its smoked or grilled or pan-seared, this tasty fish is full of omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to improve the metabolic markers for heart disease. A 2010 review article in “Current Atherosclerosis Reports” concluded that omega-3-rich fish—like salmon—help protect against heart disease and reduce mortality in patients with congestive heart failure. Leesa recommends you always choose Wild Caught Salmon.  Contact Heather with  atlantawildsalmon@gmail.com to place your order the most delicious salmon we’ve found!  Join her on Facebook at: Wild Salmon Atlanta… https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wild-Salmon-Atlanta/288042918059227

 

5. Soy Milk

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This popular dairy alternative packs a punch in terms of its heart-healthy benefits. In fact, doctors specifically recommend soy milk for people with high cholesterol or a family history of heart disease. The reason? It significantly lowers your blood concentrations of triglyceride and low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and raises your level of high-density lipoproteins (HDL). More simply put, it makes you less likely to develop a clogged artery and protects your body from heart disease.

6. Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate

 

We can definitely get on board with this one! Dark chocolate has gotten popular in health circles during recent years due to its beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system. In moderation, cocoa beans help protect against heart disease because they are rich in flavonoids, a type of antioxidant that lowers blood pressure, improves blood flow to the brain and heart, and makes blood platelets less likely to clot.

7. Blueberries

Blueberries

Little, tasty, and good for you! In a 2013 Harvard study, researchers found that women who ate more blueberries were 34% less likely to suffer a heart attack than women who ate them less frequently, most likely due to the flavonoids known as “anthocyanins” that give the berries their color and help prevent plaque buildup in the arteries. The people with the healthiest hearts ate three or more half-cup servings of berries each week.

8. Almonds

Almonds

 

Who knew that all that late-afternoon snacking could be so good for you? Four recent, large-scale epidemiological studies (Nurses Health Study, Iowa Health Study, Adventist Health Study, Physicians Health Study) concluded that nut consumption leads to a lower risk of heart disease. Almonds in particular contain a significant amount of monounsaturated fat, which helps lower cholesterol, and Vitamin E—a helpful antioxidant.

9. Spinach

Spinach

Maybe Popeye was on to something. Because of its high potassium level, spinach helps people with high blood pressure negate the effects of sodium on their body. Its iron content also helps improve the quality of your blood.

 

10. Red Bell Peppers

Stuffed Red Peppers

Add a little spice to your life with these red superfoods. Unlike green peppers, red pepperscontain a big dose of lycopene, which make them a fantastic dietary choice to promote heart health. They’re also filled with cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber and Vitamin A and C, antioxidants proven to help the cardiovascular system.

 

11. Sweet Potato

Sweet Potatoes

We’re all about this Thanksgiving staple, even after the holiday season is long past! Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of magnesium, a mineral often overlooked and under-consumed by Americans. Absolutely vital to the human body, magnesium promotes healthy arteries, blood, bone, heart, muscle, and nerve function.

Eat this in: Baked Sweet Potato Fries 

  1. Red Wine

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Red wine—in moderation—has long been regarded as beneficial to heart health. Antioxidants in red wine called polyphenols help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart, reduce LDL, and prevent blood clots. Bottoms up!

Leesa recommends always choosing organic food and wine! 

by McKenzie Van Meter, from SpryLiving

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  • Wanting Work Life Balance.
  • Needing Stress Relief.
  • Concerned about their health and the environment.
  • Frustrated battling allergies to gluten, foods, dust, chemicals, pollen.
  • Overwhelmed with choosing the best products for their body, home, and office.
  • Unsatisfied with their relationships with the men and women in their life and are ready to transform them into satisfying, happy partnerships.
  • Standing at a Career Crossroad.
  • Preparing to start a family and want a healthy baby.
  • Seeking solutions for aging, more energy, and a good night’s sleep!

Are any of these an issue or problem for you?  Would it make sense for us to spend several minutes together to discuss your needs and how HealthyHighway can meet them? As a Healthy Lifestyle Coach with an emphasis on allergies and wellness, Leesa teaches her clients to make informed choices and enables them to make needed changes for a Happy Healthy Lifestyle. What you eat, what products you use ~ on your body and in your home and office, how you talk to yourself ~ it all matters!

Contact me today and Start today to live a healthier, happier life!  Don’t live in Atlanta?  Not a problem.  We do virtual coaching worldwide!

I look forward to helping YOU Live a Happy Healthy Life!  Remember, Excellent Health is found along your way, not just at your destination.

Live Well!

Leesa A. Wheeler

Leesa A. Wheeler

Healthy Lifestyle Coach, Artisan, Author of two books…
     Melodies from Within ~ Available Now! 
    Available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, GooglePlay, iTunes! 

Member International Association for Health Coaches 

ring ~ 770-393-1284

write ~ info@healthyhighway.org

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