This tender, gourmet baby lettuce is a must-have for foodies and can be grown hydroponically year ‘round. Bright green on the outside and yellow on the inside, bibb lettuce is an excellent source of Vitamin K, and also contains some carotenoids such as lutein and beta-carotene, along with folate and Vitamin A.
Kale is a detoxifier that assists in digestion, weight loss and liver health. The fiber in kale also lowers cholesterol. Kale has more iron than beef, helps more oxygen get to your blood and greatly benefits those who are anemic. The major nutrients in kale give your hair, skin health and appearance a boost while its Vitamin A content helps keep the eyes from optical disorders that come with age. Calcium, Vitamins K and D keep your bones strong, and its omega-3 fatty acids help fight arthritis, autoimmune disorders and asthma. The Vitamin C content helps relieve stiff joints. Kale, like other dark green veggies, may be helpful in preventing various cancers such as colon, prostate and ovarian. And the folic acid and B6 provide cardiovascular support and prevent heart disease.
So you’re a broccoli lover? Good for you! Really good for you! Broccoli is full of vitamins, antioxidants, chromium, anti-viral, anti-ulcer and anti-cancer components. It contains a wealth of the Vitamin A, B6, C, K and E. Its also a good source of calcium, iron, zinc, fiber, folate, protein, chromium, magnesium and potassium, which can help control blood sugar and blood pressure in addition to decreasing blood cholesterol levels.
Cilantro is a popular Mediterranean herb commonly recognized in Asia as coriander. It is widely employed in particularly savory dishes in modern as well as traditional cuisines. The herb contains many notable plant-derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health-promoting properties. It is quite similar to dill in utility terms of its leaves and seeds, which can be used as seasoning. Cilantro contains no cholesterol, is rich in many essential vitamins and minerals and is one of the richest herbs in Vitamin K. And just for the record, you cannot legally eat a proper taco without cilantro.
At just 15 calories per 100 g, cucumbers are one of the very low calorie vegetables. Containing no saturated fats or cholesterol, cucumbers are a good source of potassium, a heart friendly electrolyte that helps bring a reduction in total blood pressure. Cucumbers contain unique anti-oxidants in moderate ratios such as beta carotene, as well as Vitamin C and Vitamin A. They have a surprisingly high amount of Vitamin K, which has been found to have a potential role in bone building. Did we mention that no self-respecting veggie platter is complete without sliced cucumbers?
Even more delightful than fully grown spinach, Baby Spinach provides outstanding nutritional qualities. Very low in calories, it can be enjoyed either raw or cooked, as a side dish or a main course salad. Fresh, tender, versatile and delicious… who could ask for better?
Do you say to-may-to or to-mah-to? We’ll guess “to-may-to,” but however you say it, there are “pronounced” health benefits with this vine favorite. One medium- sized tomato provides over a third of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C and nearly a third of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A. Tomatoes are also a great source of fiber, carbohydrate, potassium and iron. They contain the carotene lycopene, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants. With zero cholesterol and extremely small amounts of fat, tomatoes are extremely heart friendly; they’re also diet-friendly, as they’re 90% water and are low in sodium. Organic tomatoes are tasty and flavorful raw or cooked.
Watercress is a nutrient-rich perennial herb, an “aquatic plant” that is ideal for a hydroponic garden. A member of the cruciferous vegetable family, this tasty, green veggie closely resembles its cousins, broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts in terms of health benefits and is cited by nutritionists for having a unique chemical called PEITC, which affords it some unique cancer fighting properties.
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