Phytonutrients, or phytochemicals, are compounds that are only found in plants. These phytonutrients are extremely beneficial and are the reason why you can’t just take a daily vitamin supplement in place of eating vegetables. Phytonutrients have been documented to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and liver-detoxification-promoting activities.
The Power Veggie Family
Cruciferous veggies contain specific sulfur-containing phytonutrients that put this family of vegetables at the top your Power Food list. Here’s a list of a cruciferous veggies. Which crucifers do you love?
- Bok choy
- Brussels sprouts
- Chinese cabbage
- Collard greens
- Daikon radish
- Mustard greens
At a minimum, eat at least 1-2 cups of cruciferous vegetables 2-3 times per week, and work up to 2 cups 4-5 times per week.
You can get started on this goal with Cauliflower Rice. We had this with stuffed bell peppers, and I had leftovers with scrambled eggs for breakfast and as the base for a chicken and vegetable curry.
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