Guest Blog: Edible Gardening

Today this post comes to you from Lekha Mohanlal who is the Digital PR Executive for Dickies Store. You can contact Lehka via Twitter @Lekha and at Dickies @DickiesStore. Today Lekha talks to you about edible gardening:

Edible Gardening

Turnips: Rich in Vitamin C, which actually helps collagen synthesis (which helps keep your skin looking youthful). Great for the skin and also very low calorie (28 per 100g) so if you are watching your macros it’s a great addition to your diet.

Cilantro/ Coriander: This delicious herb is a good source of potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. Each 100g contains about 225% of your RDA for vitamin-A which is key for good vision, a healthy immune system and cell growth.

Carrots: Sweet and crunchy carrots are notably rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins and dietary fiber. They provide only 41 calories per 100g and have hardly any fat or cholesterol. Also rich in vitamin A, it maintains good eye health and has even been said to help boost sperm production.

Cabbage: Super low in fat and calories but extremely nutritious. It’s rich in phyto-chemicals such as thiocyanates, which are powerful antioxidants know to help reduce “bad cholesterol” levels in the blood. Cabbage also contains minerals like potassium, iron and magnesium.

Celery: Super low in calories (16 per 100g) with lots of fibre, which can help reduce body weight and lower blood cholesterol.

Brussels sprouts: These have a low glycaemic index. Women with Polycystic Ovaries are often recommended to eat foods with a low G.I. to keep blood sugar levels low. This helps manage weight and prevent diabetes.

Broccoli: This vegetable is rich in dietary fibre, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants that have proven health benefits. The green tops are also a great source of vitamin A.

Cauliflower: Foodies and fitness fanatics are all over using Cauliflower as an alternative to pizza bases and addition to curries. It has a fantastic flavour and is also low in fat, cholesterol and calories. Each floret contains about 2g of dietary fibre per 100g; providing about 5% of recommended value.

Peas: A great source of protein, vitamins and fibre as well as vitamin C and K.

Broad Beans: Super high in protein and fibre (66% of your RDA per 100g), which is excellent for colon and bowel health. Broad beans are also one of the highest plant sources of potassium.

Asparagus: Asparagus spears are low in calories and contain a decent level of dietary fibre. The shoot have also been reputed to help ease IBS. The shoots are rich in vitamin B6 and pantothenic acid. This is essential for cellular and key metabolic functions.

Garlic: Not just for enhancing the taste of your meals, garlic helps reduce cholesterol production, it is super rich in vitamin B6 and vitamin C.

Kale: One of the trendiest superfoods prized for being low in fat and cholesterol and rich in antioxidants. It provides rich nutrition ingredients that offer protection from vitamin A deficiency, osteoporosis and iron deficiency.

Source: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/

Editor note: Garlic and Celery are Deadly Nightshade vegetables so if you are allergic or intolerant (like me) then you need to consider growing these carefully, if at all

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