This month’s challenge is to snack on vegetables for one week. With so many veggies out there, it can be hard to choose which ones to munch, so here are five of my favorite vegetables to give you some ideas. Have a favorite veggie that’s not on my list? Tell us about it in the comments!

5. Eggplant

Aubergine Eggplant, while probably not everyone’s favorite, is a super healthful vegetable. Raw eggplant has tons of fiber, manganese, and potassium, among other nutrients. It’s filled with antioxidants, and it’s a brain food!


Favorite eggplant dish: ratatouille pizza.


4. Potato

Potato_heart_mutationIt’s hard to say which potato is best, though it’s probably a close race between red potatoes and Yukon Golds. In my opinion, the smaller the better (love those little bite-sized ones!). Potatoes are a great source of vitamins C and B6, as well as potassium. Plus, they pack plenty of protein and fiber.


Favorite potato dish: twice-baked potatoes.


3. Cauliflower

CauliflowerThe first time I saw cauliflower, I didn’t know what was going on. It was the weirdest, squishiest food I’d ever attempted to eat, but somehow, even as a young boy, I fell in love with it. It’s packed with vitamins C and K, and has tons of folate, choline, and omega-3’s. It’s great for your heart, digestive system, and entire body.


Favorite cauliflower dish: just steam or boil it!


2. Avocado

AvocadoI know, I know, avocado is technically a fruit, but it’s so good it made the list. Avocado is one of the superest super foods. I’m pretty sure these things are good for every part of your body, from your heart to your brain to your bones and blood. They’re protein powerhouses, with all 18 amino acids your body needs. They have massive amounts of vitamins and fiber. And they’re delicious.


Favorite avocado dish: guacamole.


1. Asparagus

SONY DSCHere’s my number one, favorite vegetable. I buy the biggest bunch I can find, sautée it all, and eat every last piece (though I usually give some to my dogs Wolfy and Jelly who are obsessed with it). This brain food loaded with omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, and it has plenty of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants.


Favorite asparagus dish: sautéed.

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