The Importance of Pale Vegetables
We’ve been taught our entire lives that green food is good, but there are plenty of healthy foods that are not a shade of green. The often forgotten “Pale” vegetables are actually really important to your overall health, so pay attention. Plus, who doesn’t want some variety in their menu? It’s time to lift the veil off that has been hiding all these delicious and nutritious pale vegetables. Let’s explore the benefits of pale veggies like mushrooms, cauliflower, bok choy and others.
Everyone loves potatoes and they can be prepared in so many different ways. Let’s ditch the whole stigma that potatoes are bad for you, which is all part of the low-carb craze. Potatoes are excellent sources of potassium, vitamin C, fiber and vitamin B6. The major issue with potatoes is how they are prepared, mainly fired and slathered in butter. Try healthier toppings for your taters and maybe try baking them. Nutritionists recommend covering potatoes with garlic, onions, seas salt, cracked pepper or maybe some paprika.
Cauliflower is making a comeback and proving you can never count a good man out. People are using this resourceful veggie in a variety of fun and tasty ways. Cauliflower is excellent as a substitute for less healthy foods like rice, pizza dough, and even chicken wings. Cauliflower is a great source of fiber, vitamins C, B6, and K.
Bok Choy is a special veggie because it has more nutrients than any other pale vegetable. This magical little veggie doesn’t have to be cooked and enjoyed, so get it in you and feel better. Try Bok Choy in any Asian style cooking and in salads as a nice crunch.
While mushrooms aren’t actually a veggie, they are a fungus, which doesn’t sound all too appetizing. Mushrooms are great for your immune systems and heart health, so get more of them in your diet. You will notice the umami flavoring that mushrooms bring to any recipe. Don’t just pick any random mushroom you find, many wild mushrooms are poisonous or can cause hallucinations.
Garlic and Onions
Garlic is a natural medicine that has been used for centuries by medicine people all over the globe. Its healing powers are only second to their taste making abilities. I add garlic to almost everything I cook and it brings so many flavors.
Onions are just as beneficial as garlic and add similar amounts of flavor. If you want food that is packed with flavor, you have to add an onion. Red ones are great raw and sweet ones make the best onion rings.
These are the best pale veggies and fungi you can get into your system. I recommend trying to add as many as possible to your diet to create balance. Remember, green doesn’t always mean better, so mix in some Pale to your color wheel.