Five Low Calorie Winter Vegetables
Staying healthy during winter can be tough, and for those who aren't naturally inclined to eat well, it's often a complete disaster. The cold, dark weather means your likely to spend more time being sedentary inside and your body will start craving high carb, comfort foods. To help you stay on track here are 5 extremely low-calorie winter vegetables that are high in essential vitamins and minerals. Meal prep a range of healthy vegetable based curries and stews to avoid reaching for last minute refined carbohydrates.
Asparagus only contains roughly 27 calories per cup and provides your body with 60% of its daily folate needs. Folate is vital for fetal development and helps prevent defects in the brain and spine. It's also important for non-pregnant women as it helps to create most cells in the body by aiding in cell division and copying DNA.
Beets contain roughly 52 calories per beet and are another vegetable high in folate. They contain many antioxidants and 22% of your daily manganese needs. Manganese works with other minerals to reduce bone loss and improve osteoporosis. This mineral is essential to lowering oxidative stress in the body and works to maintain cognitive functioning.
Green beans are high in fibre and contain roughly 31 calories per cup. These veggies are full of Vitamin C and K and are high in magnesium and thiamine. Vitamin K plays a large role in bone health as it increases the amount of a specific protein used to maintain the calcium in your bones. Vitamin K also improves the formation of blood clots to stop bleeding in your body.
Cauliflower only contains around 28 calories per cup. It is high in vitamin C and K. It also contains pantothenic acid, also known as B5 which is found in every living cell in the body. It helps convert nutrients from food into energy. The energy it produces is what fires your brain's neurotransmitters, making it essential for the functioning of your nervous system. It is also essential in creating red blood cells and works with other B vitamins to help them be absorbed into the body.
Carrots contain approximately 50 calories per cup and provide you with 428% of your daily vitamin A intake. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant and plays a huge role in maintaining eyesight, skin health and brain functioning. Carrots also contain niacin which works to maintain a healthy metabolism and balances blood cholesterol levels.
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