Attention meat lovers! Recent studies show that vegetarians have lower blood pressure than their meat-eating counterparts. But does that mean you have to give up your weekends at The Salt Lick? Absolutely not. Just because you eat meat doesn’t mean you can’t load up on tasty veggies, too. In fact, produce enhances your protein. So consider these seven nutrient-rich vegetables to keep your diet balanced and your body healthy.
Beet Greens are one of the world’s richest potassium sources. Potassium-rich foods counteract the effects of high sodium levels, which lead to high blood pressure.
Packed with Vitamin C, fiber, folate and the powerful phytonutrient anethole, fennel can reduce inflammation, prevent cancer and potentially protect your liver from harmful chemicals.
At only 63 calories per cup, collard greens are rich in vitamins K, A and E and high in antioxidants that can help reduce oxidative stress. It can also aid in reducing cholesterol levels.
Hot peppers are loaded with capsaicin, a compound that can reduce blood pressure and burn more calories by boosting metabolism.
Chock full of antioxidants, mushrooms are great for keeping you disease free. And, new studies have shown they may help to decrease spikes in blood sugar levels, improving overall blood sugar control.
Low in calories – about 35 per cup – and high in fiber, iron and calcium, eggplant will help you stay full and keep your body strong. This veggie also contains bioflavonoids, which can help control high blood pressure and reduce stress. Just don’t fry it! Grill, roast or bake it.
Artichokes are rich in antioxidants like quercertin, rutin and luteolin, which have been linked to a slew of health benefits from reducing forms of cancer to benefiting your liver. The vegetable is ranked seventh out of 1,000 in terms of their antioxidant levels.
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