Break Out of a Veggie Rut!

by in Healthy Tips, September 30, 2013

chard, sqaush, and tomatoes
Have the desire to eat more vegetables but find yourself always turning to the same familiar picks? Figure out which other veggies might be in your comfort zone with these comparisons.

If you like kale, try Swiss chard
This popular leafy green has an underappreciated relative! Pick up a bunch of Swiss chard and enjoy the succulent green leaves and delicate, crunchy stems.

Recipe: Chard, Squash and Tomatoes (above, from Food Network Magazine)

If you like apples, try jicama
Fresh, crunchy and slightly sweet–this lesser known root veggie is low in calories (45 per cup) and high in fiber.

Recipe: Jicama-Orange Salad

If you like arugula, try mizuna
Green, peppery and delish, this leafy green is packed with nutrients and perfect for salads and pesto sauces.

More ways to use mizuna

If you like sweet potatoes, try butternut squash
From soups,  to curry, to a killer pizza topping–you can’t go wrong with the burst of flavor and dynamite texture of this winter squash.

Recipe: Butternut Squash Hummus

If you like turnips, try parsnips
Parsnips have a flavorful edge that’s sweet yet spicy, simple yet complex. Try them roasted, baked, smashed or pureed.

5 Ways to Love Parsnips

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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