Have you paid your vegetable tax?
You may not have heard of the term ‘vegetable tax’ – but it is important you add it to your vocabulary if you want every meal to be a healthy one.
A vegetable tax refers to the number of vegetables you MUST eat along with every meal. It could be a salad bowl, a stir-fry or a curry, but it has to consist of only veggies. Like the other taxes in our lives, we don’t have a choice when it comes to our vegetable tax – it must be eaten. And switching to whole-grain foods or reducing your junk-food intake does not mean you are exempted from this taxation.
By eating a full bowl of mixed veggies, you will consume all the necessary nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Also, studies have shown that people who eat more vegetables, fruits and nuts are far less prone to diabetes, high blood pressure, and other health complications. Here are some healthy and delicious veggie tax options you could look into:
Beetroot: Beetroot is the ultimate superfood – it improves blood flow, is an excellent source of fibre (to keep your gut healthy) and is one of the best supplements for iron and potassium (a must-have for people suffering from anemia). Make it into a salad, a sabzi, or a refreshing smoothie – veggie tax taken care of!
Spinach: By far one of the healthiest vegetables known to man – a fact reiterated by our mothers and grandmothers – spinach leaves possess a remarkable nutrient profile. This leafy green is super low in calories and rich in iron, vitamin A and K, and anti-oxidants. So, go green – eat your spinach.
Broccoli: Loaded with nutrients such as vitamin K and C, and Potassium, and is also an excellent source of fibre and protein. Broccoli is proven to reduce the risk of chronic diseases when consumed regularly. Boil it, roast it, bake it – the options are aplenty, and they are all delicious as opposed to common opinions.
Peas: Fibre, proteins and vitamins – green peas have them all. They also help to assist digestive health and help prevent the growth of cancer cells, so throw some in for added health.
Carrots: This root vegetable is packed with Vitamins A and C, and antioxidants. Not only do carrots improve eye health, they are also weight-loss friendly foods. Chop them into sticks and munch on them as a snack if you want a quick-fix.
Sprouts: Low in calories, high in Vitamin C and protein, sprouts improve heart health and digestion, and promote the growth of thick and healthy hair. They can be consumed raw or cooked, on their own or as part of another veggie preparation.
Cabbage: A versatile leafy green that loads your system with nutrients, fibre, Vitamins C and K and provides anti-inflammatory benefits, cabbage leaves are the perfect salad base – and a good way to meet your veggie tax requirements.
Tomatoes: This juicy vegetable (technically a fruit) can be had as a juice, soup, salad or curry. Tomatoes provide your daily dose of Vitamin C and anti-oxidants, support and strengthen your immune system and help promote healthy skin.