Eating healthy means staying healthy and feeling good inside and out. Most people try, but often fail because they grow bored with the same food that is prepared the same exact way day after day and has no flavor. The key to preparing vegetables in a way that not only provides the health benefits but are bursting with flavor is key to not falling off the health wagon and into McDonalds. So how does one go about this in the right manner? Let us take a look, shall we?
To start with, if you eat french fries or a white baked potatoe drowning in butter, you are not deriving health benefits. Studies show that eating purple potatoes gives the biggest health benefit and are helpful in lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of cancer.
Next on the list is broccoli. benefits when prepared properly. Frying is not the way broccoli should be prepared. For all the cancer fighting properties found in broccoli, streaming is the best preparation method. Even more good news is that if paired with a spicy food, it increase its cancer fighting abilities.
When it comes to carrots, seems that we can derive a bigger health boost if we leave them whole while cooking instead of cutting them up into small pieces.
Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamins, the best way to prepare this is by first selecting a head that white without brown spots and without wilted leaves. You can then steam under fork tender or to roast in the oven at 500 degrees with a light drizzle of olive oil.
Sweet potatoes are a fantastic alternative if the craving for french fries beckons. Simply cutting into slices with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of cayenne pepper makes these a classic winner.
Buying the frozen vegetables such as brussel sprouts is a win win situation, and when paired with a simple blanching, drizzle of olive oil and pinch of sea salt, taste is right on target.
Red, green and yellow peppers pop with antioxidants. Eating these raw with a low fat dip for a snack or grilling with garlic cloves and a pinch of cayenne pepper makes for a fantastic salad topper.
Squash comes in many different varieties. Spaghetti squash is an excellent alternative to pasta and will please even the younger crowd. Simply pierce the squash and roast at 375 until tender. Then simply cut in half and shred it with a fork like spaghetti, a dash of olive oil rosemary and garlic makes this a excellent choice that will please all.
Corn is an excellent choice for getting a daily dose of vitamins, when cooked properly. If summer buy it buy the ear and roast it on the grill in the husk. A simple touch of homemade olive oil, sea salt and pepper rub will arouse standing ovations at the dinner table. Boiling corn really does not do not justice, so break out the grill. Another delicious option is after grilled, cut of the cob and prepare with red pepper and red onion for an amazing relish.