Some Facts on a Few Veggies:
- One cup of beets has 58 calories.
- Beets are chock-full of two different antioxidants that help protect healthy cells against damage all over the body.
- The folic acid in beets also helps keep kids' cells growing and functioning the way they should.
- And beets are good for heart health and for keeping blood pressure regulated, because they provide a nice amount of potassium.
- One cup of broccoli has 30 calories.
- Along with all other veggies in the cruciferous family, broccoli is important because it contains natural substances that may help the body fight certain cancers.
- Broccoli also helps heal cuts and woundsâ€”it's a particularly good source of vitamin C.
- And, for a vegetable, broccoli can't be beat in helping build strong bones and teeth (it's one of the best nondairy sources of calciumâ€”better absorbed by the body than spinach).
- One cup of butternut squash has 63 calories.
- The deep orange color of this winter squash reminds us that it contains beta-carotene, which is great for keeping your eyes and skin healthy.
- Plus, this vegetable contains potassium, which is important for heart health
- One cup of carrots has 52 calories.
- Carrots are terrific for your skin and eyes because they're loaded with beta-carotene.
- And they're great for keeping the pipes clean for they contain a good amount of insoluble fiber.
- One cup of cauliflower has 25 calories.
- Cauliflower is a member of the important cruciferous family of veggies that may help our bodies fight off certain types of cancers.
- Cauliflower may help resist infections (it's a good source of vitamin C).
- One cup of cooked spinach has 40 calories.
- Spinach is your best bet for folic acid, which helps keep cells all over the body growing and functioning well.
- And it's an incredible nonanimal protein source of iron, which delivers oxygen all over the body, providing much-needed energy to muscles.
- Spinach also helps regulate blood sugar and keeps your heart healthy for it's high in potassium and magnesium.
- One cup of pumpkin has 30 calories.
- Pumpkin helps build healthy hearts because it's high in potassium.
- Its pretty orange color also signals that pumpkin is a rich source of beta-carotene, which helps keep skin bright and eyesight sharp, and encourages overall good health.
- One small sweet potato has 112 calories.
- Sweet potatoes help stabilize blood sugar levels by providing soluble fiber.
- And they're good for skin, eyes and all-over good health because they're rich in beta-carotene and other antioxidants.
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