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When it comes to choosing healthy vegetables for your garden, it's not all about the green.

One of the reasons people get into vegetable gardening is to provide healthy food for their families. While there are really no unhealthy vegetables, some garden favorites are healthier than others. As you plan your spring garden, kick the nutrition up a notch with these healthy vegetable favorites.


One of the reasons people get into vegetable gardening is to provide healthy food for their families. While there are really no unhealthy vegetables, some garden favorites are healthier than others. As you plan your spring garden, kick the nutrition up a notch with these healthy vegetable favorites.

Some of the healthiest vegetables to include in your garden:



  • Cauliflower is high in vitamin C and a good source of folate.


  • Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties, can improve complexion and lower blood pressure.



  • Potatoes (white) are high in vitamin C and a good source of potassium.


  • Sweet potatoes are high in iron, calcium and fiber and have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Asparagus contains fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and folate.

  • Broccoli is high in folic acid, calcium and vitamin C.



  • Onions are high in vitamin C, a good source of fiber and can help to lower blood sugar levels.




  • Turnips are packed with vitamin C.


  • Carrots are a great source of vitamin A.

  • Collard greens are high in calcium, vitamin E and beta-carotene.

  • Spinach has over 13 flavonoid compounds and can help reduce the risk of certain cancers.

  • Eggplant has high levels of copper, potassium and fiber.


As you can see, it's not only the leafy green vegetables that have high nutritional content. Fill your garden plot with a wide variety of leaf vegetables and root vegetables for a nutritionally sound garden!

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