THE VEGETABLES YOU SHOULD BE EATING

And none of them are kale!
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Getting your fill of nutrient-rich vegetables isn’t something that should be taken lightly if health and wellbeing are a priority in your life. And while kale certainly is high on the list of bang-for-your-buck veggies, there’s no point forcing yourself to chow down on foods that are making you miserable.

Luckily, there are so many vegetables out there that are packed with good-for-you nutrients, so you’re bound to find a few that you like. Your taste buds - and health - will thank you.

1 Spinach

Spinach is a leafy green classic and we love it thanks to its versatility. Iron, vitamin K and vitamin C are just a few of the nutrients it packs in abundance - not to mention its impressive fibre content.

Wilt it into casseroles, blend it into smoothies or eat it raw in a salad to give your meal an instant upgrade.

2 Asparagus

Feeling fancy? Asparagus might not feature on your daily shopping list but munching on asparagus every now and then pays serious health dividends. It’s rich in B vitamins, making it useful for energy production and a healthy metabolism.

Looking for a new way to enjoy it? Try shaving it lengthways into thin slices with a vegetable peeler to eat it raw in salads.

3 Watercress

Bored of spinach? Move over to watercress for a bit of a change that still gives you the health boost you’re looking for. With its high levels of vitamin C, this powerhouse is good for your immunity and also offers up a healthy dose of iron.

Use it in salads, sandwiches and smoothies.

4 Red peppers

It’s not only green vegetables that pack a nutrient punch. Red peppers are rich in vitamin C and B vitamins, so adding them to soups, stir fries and salads will not only add a health boost to your meal but it’ll also brighten up your dinner plate.

If you’ve got a little more time for meal prep, why not try stuffed or roasted peppers?

5 Courgettes

They might be all the rage now thanks to the oh so trendy zoats, zucchini fries and courgetti, but courgettes have long been a simple yet nutritious vegetable to fill up on.

They boast vitamin C to help ward off illness, potassium which is good for maintaining a healthy blood pressure and dietary fibre to help keep you regular.

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