10 Vegetables That Are Even Healthier Than You Think

A stern warning from the doctor about the need to eat more produce hasn’t done much to improve American eating habits. In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported only 8.9% of adults in the U.S. were eating the recommended amount of vegetables. Most barely make it past one serving a day. Processed convenience foods are a big part of the problem. On the other hand, the veggies themselves might play a role.

Certain greens and cruciferous vegetables have enjoyed quite a bit of popularity in recent years. Still, a person can only take so many servings of roasted cauliflower before it starts to get old. Additionally, increased demand has made a lot of produce much costlier than it once was. But who says you need to be on trend in order to eat healthy? You might be surprised by the nutrition some of the most humble produce is hiding. The next time you hit the grocery store, load up on these 10 vegetables to eat well with ease.

1. Carrots

man eating a carrot

Carrots make for a great snack. | iStock.com

The vibrant orange hue should give you a clue as to how great this veggie is. The color indicates high levels of carotenoids, powerful compounds that research has linked to a reduced risk of some types of cancer and eye disease. Other veggies in the same color spectrum have similar nutritional benefits, but Eat This, Not That! pointed out carrots are probably the easiest to prepare.

As for the specifics, Verywell reports 1 medium carrot contains 25 calories, 1.5 grams of fiber, a decent amount of vitamin C, and a whopping 204% of your daily vitamin A needs. Since that last nutrient is a fat-soluble vitamin, you should always include something like oil, nuts, or avocado with the veggie.

Tossing a few slices into your salad is probably the easiest way to get more of the orange veggie in your diet. Carrots also play the roasted game just as well as cauliflower or Brussels sprouts, so try this grown-up twist on glazed carrots from Bon Appétit. You can even turn them into hummus with The Kitchn’s flavorful recipe.

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