If you are healthy conscious at all there is no doubt that you have run across WebMD in the course of your online searches. This is a mega-site by any definition and offers health advice on every conceivable facet of human existence. Here, they offer twelve veggies that, in their opinion, should be in everyone’s diets. The original piece can be found here. Since we showcase veggies a lot in our smoothie recipes this seems like a great time to again remind you how healthy smoothies are and why they should be a part of your meal plans.
Twelve veggies WebMD considers to be “Powerhouses” and our recipes that use them.
Lots of vitamin K which helps prevent type 2 diabetes. We have five recipes featuring beets. The most popular of the five is this one
By this they mean radishes, cabbage, broccoli, and kale. We feature over sixty recipes with one or more of these veggies. Kale is the most often used, with more than thirty recipes. The most popular Kale recipe we have can be found here.
WebMD says watercress is a great source of vitamins A, C, and K plus other antioxidants. We have just one recipe that mentions Watercress and then only as an ingredient in V-8 Juice. That recipe is here.
Good source of Lutein and Zeaxanthin which are good for eye health and just 7 calories a cup. Currently, we have nothing on the site that includes Chard but we will work on it.
This is another veggie we don’t have in a recipe but we do mention Collard Greens as an import part of a vegetarian diet and as a source of vitamin K
Yet another veggie that we seem to have overlooked in our recipes. It is a great source of vitamin K, folate, and copper.
Now here’s a veggie we have a lot of recipes for. In fact, we have more than 100 recipes that use spinach one way or another. The most popular of these recipes is this one.
WebMD recommends this if you find the sharp taste of Kale a bit much. We don’t make the distinction between baby and mature Kale and frequently recommend substituting spinach in a smoothie for a less intense taste.
WebMD likes peas because of the fiber (6 grams per cup). We offer a single recipe that uses peas, right here,
Red Bell Pepper
Not really a vegetable, but a fruit. Red Bell Peppers offer vitamin B, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. To make a smoothie that uses Red (or yellow) Bell Peppers, try this recipe.
Let me quote WebMD here: “Broccoli is one of nature’s rock stars. It’s a top source of natural plant chemicals shown to help lower the risk of some cancers (though many other things also affect your cancer risk). Each cup of the florets also gives you plenty of vitamins C and K.” We have a very tasty smoothie recipe featuring both Broccoli and Carrots. Enjoy it here.
If you manage to include these twelve veggies in your diet in a meaningful way you can’t help but be a healthier and happier person. Smoothie recipes make adding these twelve veggies easier and you are invited to try the ones we have linked to here as well as the more than 800 others on the site.