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Load Up on These Veggies

As a fan of cooking and just being in my kitchen in general, I always plan on including heaps of vegetables in my cooking. I believe that eating healthy is one of the best ways to lead a long and healthy life and that is one of the main reasons why more people should be incorporating vegetables into their daily regimen as much as possible. My favorites include squash, cucumbers, and carrots, which have become some of the foods I eat nearly every day.

 

What are some of the foods you should eat daily? Well, there seems to be a debate about that, but there are more than enough nutritious foods out there that are packed with protein, omega-3 acids, and antioxidants that can lead you to better sex, a clear mindset, and a prolonged life. If you have ever had days or nights when you have skin that breaks out, bloating, or you would rather watch hours of television, then you are more than likely eating the wrong foods. Of course, some people find it easy to blame things on the pressures of life, but it could be what you are consuming. There are some foods out there that can yield a host of benefits and now I have compiled a short list of some that you should consider if you are looking to get healthier by loading up on vegetables.

 

Spinach

Spinach

It is noted for being rich in folate and omega-3 fatty acids, and spinach offers even more than that, proven to reduce the likelihood of stroke, osteoporosis, heart disease and more. Did you know that folate can protect against sex-related issues by increasing blood flow to your erogenous zone? It is also packed with the compound lutein which also helps to stabilize your sex drive. You should aim to eat about a cup of fresh or cooked spinach daily. If you don’t have spinach on hand, try its cousins like bok choy, romaine lettuce, or kale. Spinach is delicious and works great on salads, add to scrambled eggs, sprinkle over pizza, or add it to marinara sauce to make a delicious dip that can be warmed in the microwave.

Tomatoes

 Tomatoes

Red tomatoes are the absolute best because they taste great, are packed with the antioxidant lycopene, and can decrease the risk of many cancers, including bladder, skin, lung, prostate, stomach, coronary artery disease and more. You should try to get about 2 2 milligrams of lycopene daily, which is the equivalent to about a glass of tomato juice or about 10 small cherry tomatoes. Other sources to consider for lycopene include Japanese persimmon, papaya, guava, pink grapefruit, and red watermelon. Where can you get sources of tomatoes?

Well, aside from ketchup and Ragu, you can get tomatoes from a glass of V8 (which is low in sodium), gazpacho, or consider adding double the usual amount of tomato paste for anything that asks for it in the recipe. I guarantee that you will love the taste and your body will love you for it.

What Else Can You Do with It?

Now that I have added to my kitchen arsenal with an immaculate bread machine to make fresh bread whenever I want, I am eager to find out all the ways in which I can use it to create new dishes that my friends and family will absolutely adore. I have already begun trying out new ideas and there are still quite a few things that I am still looking to try, incorporating a few fruits and vegetables to find something is flavorful and quickly becomes a favorite.

Everyone loves a hot loaf of bread, and you would be hard-pressed to find someone that would argue against having it over regular, run-of-the-mill bread. I’m looking to add antioxidants to my diet as well, aside from my bread machine, and here are some of the foods that will help protect you against prostate and lung cancer. Of course, you always get more of the cancer-fighting agents when these foods are eaten raw, but if you can get them into your system in any way, it is always beneficial.

Corn

Corn

Whether on or off the cob, corn is always good and it has been proven that when corn is cooked longer, there are higher levels of antioxidants that are released, like lutein, which staves off blindness in older people.

Peas

They may be small, but they pack a flavorful punch as they lower stomach cancer and other diseases that can plague older people.

Kale

You’ve probably heard of kale since it is recognized as one of the healthiest vegetables in the produce section these days. Packed with vitamin C and other minerals, kale helps reduce heart disease by lowering the bad cholesterol in our bodies. Eat kale a few times a day and your healthy points will definitely be on the uptick.

Broccoli

Broccoli

Another vegetable that is known for fighting cancer is broccoli, with studies showing that men that have more than 5 servings were less likely to suffer from bladder cancer by as much as half. Having broccoli a few times a week along with other green leafy vegetables can turn out to be the ultimate kick for your body.

Red Bell Peppers

Boasting only about 30 calories, but loaded with vitamin C, red bell peppers can provide nearly 150% of the recommended daily value and stave off atherosclerosis, which leads to heart disease.

Spinach

Spinach

Carotenoids are the powerful antioxidants that keep our eyes healthy and prevent macular degeneration and can be found in abundance in spinach. When spinach is cooked, you absorb more of the lutein into your body for more benefits.

Beets

Whether they are pickled or roasted, beets also contain a substantial amount of antioxidants that stave off several types of cancers and can be cooked alongside other vegetables for even further nutritional benefits. I try to consume beets at least twice a week and I have come to love adding them to other dishes that I normally would not have added them