Non-Starchy Veggies Offer Healthful Fiber, Nutrients

You’ve heard it before, but I’m going to say it again: Yuma, Arizona is the lettuce bowl capital of the nation from November to late March every year thanks to our mild winters and Yuma’s amazing soil. It’s here you’ll discover a variety of non-starchy vegetables.

Non-starchy vegetables think kale and spinach, can add nutrients and fiber to a diet with fewer carbohydrates than found in starchy vegetables, such as corn and peas, according to registered dietitian nutritionists. Most nutritionists suggest eating low-carb vegetables daily as part of a balanced diet and adding extra fiber.

So daily, think about what vegetables, leafy greens to be specific, you’ll eat that fit in this mix:

  • Kale
  • Microgreens
  • Collard Greens
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Beet Green
  • Watercress
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Swiss Chard
  • Arugula and Endive
  • Bok Choy
  • Turnip Greens

Bottom line, they should be considered a daily part of your diet since they are packed with nutrients and are tasty.

Arizona Farm Bureau’s Fill Your Plate blog features all sorts of information on leafy greens, vegetables and eating healthy foods.

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