We are all very well aware that vegetables are healthy, but not all veggies are created equal. There’s the very filling and not-at-all-dietary white potato and there’s kale, spinach, and other leafy greens that chockfull of fibre and vitamins. So how do you choose what vegetables to include in your diet? If you love veggies and want to get the most of them, here’s a list of 10 healthiest vegetables on the planet to detox and lose extra weight.
Asparagus is one of the few superfoods that will help your liver say bye-bye to toxins and we all know just how important liver is when it comes to detoxification and weight loss. Asparagus is a source of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that is responsible for cleansing, high energy levels, good sleep, and immune functions.
Broccoli + broccoli sprouts
Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are believed to protect from different types of cancer, while a drink made with broccoli sprouts will flush out various toxins from your blood stream. Broccoli is also packed with manganese, potassium, vitamins C and K, which boost heart health, protect bones, and improve the immune system functions.
If you’re into Japanese cuisine you must be familiar with sea veggies like nori, kombu, wakame, but even if you’re not, we urge you to do a little research and try the ones that seem the most trust-worthy to you. The above-mentioned sea vegetables are the most nutrient-rich veggies on the list as well as powerful detoxifiers and sources of iodine.
Cayenne peppers + chilli
All those chillies and strong peppers not only taste good, but also help fight cancer, boost metabolism, and lower blood pressure due to compound called capsaicin. Red peppers and chillies are also powerful appetite suppressants, so if you have a tendency to go hunger early before lunchtime, chop some peppers into your morning omelette to fight the cravings.
If you’re a fan of sweet potatoes, think about substituting them with the equally delicious butternut squash, which packs much of the same nutrients, loads of fibre, and beta-carotene that is a huge immunity-booster. Butternut squash is probably the healthiest hearty vegetable on the list – it will fill you up in no time!
There’s a general rule stating that brightly coloured vegetables are exceptionally healthy for you. No, we didn’t make that up! The pigments that make red cabbage so purple are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. They also improve memory, combat stress, and boost brain functions.
Chockfull of minerals, vitamins, and fibre, Brussels sprouts are amazing antioxidants that protect cells, bones, and improve overall immunity. They are also considered the best vegetables for those trying to lose some weight as they pack lots of fibre and protein while being extremely filling.
This turnip cabbage is high in fibre and when consumed raw will provide you with the daily dose of Vitamin C. It is also known to decrease blood sugar levels and fight off diabetes due to phenolic antioxidants. There are different types of kohlrabi, but the red one is considered the healthiest of them all.
Ginger root is used in everything from desserts to detox drinks, teas, smoothies, and vegetable dishes. It’s known to battle nausea, reduce inflammation, and decrease blood sugar levels. This means it’s a potent remedy for diabetes and inflammatory-related disorders like arthritis. Ginger root has also been used as an immunity and metabolism booster, which makes it a perfect vegetable for weight loss.
Dark leafy greens
No healthy vegetable list is complete without dark leafy greens like spinach, mustard greens, arugula, and kale to name the few. They improve blood pressure, promote skin and eye health, reduce inflammation, and protect from various types of cancer. Nutrient-rich kale and spinach are especially healthy as they provide you with Vitamin A, C, K, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and copper. These are the real superfoods!