Americans have a tricky relationship with vegetables, according to a survey conducted on behalf of Bolthouse Farms. The survey polled 2,122 Americans on their veggie buying and cooking habits, plus their general thoughts on including vegetables in a healthy diet. While most of those surveyed appreciated the physical benefits of eating veggies, some expressed anxiety about actually trying or cooking a new vegetable for the first time.
The good news is that you don't have to be adventurous with your produce selection in order to reap the benefits of vegetables. The veggies you're probably already eating contain a host of health-promoting nutrients that will support a healthy lifestyle.
Curious to find out about the superfoods you're already eating? Read on for the five most popular vegetables in America along with their health benefits and some easy recipes for cooking them right! Plus, if you're trying to eat healthier this year, don't miss these 22 Meals to Melt Belly Fat in 2022.
Asparagus is the fifth most popular veggie in America with 50% of survey respondents saying it's a favorite. This is great news because asparagus is filled with vitamins and minerals including folate, iron, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc. If you've ever wanted to add asparagus to your weekly menu, here is a guide to picking out the best stalks and cooking asparagus perfectly every time.
In fourth place on the most popular vegetable list, are sweet potatoes, grabbing 53% percent of the vote. Sweet potatoes have sky-high beta carotene levels that can boost immunity, plus a host of other vitamins and minerals. Here are some great recipes to get the full benefits of eating sweet potatoes.
Over half, 55%, of respondents love to eat spinach. Spinach is a delicate vegetable that can be easily overlooked, but its health benefits are indisputable. It can lower the risk of heart disease, protect eye health as you age, and lower blood pressure. It's definitely worth learning how to use this powerhouse veggie. Start with this super easy garlic-lemon spinach recipe.
Carrots are the #2 most craved veggie in America, just 1% behind the most popular pick (more on that next), and hungry folks truly use them for everything. 34% say carrots are the most dippable veggie, they are also the most likely veggie to be included in a veggie tray. Plus, they are a vegetable that Millennials will actually eat.
Here are some healthy recipes if you want to jump out of the carrot comfort zone: 41 Best Carrot Recipes for Weight Loss.
Broccoli is America's favorite vegetable, with 70% of those surveyed saying they're a fan of the cruciferous plant. It also has a host of health benefits, including giving the body a burst of vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, B6, manganese, folate, and potassium.
Try this easy 15-minute roasted broccoli recipe anytime for a delicious side dish. Or, blend broccoli into an irresistible soup. Here's a tip: Try roasting just about any veggie! The high heat will carmelize the sugars making them irresistible.
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