This week is National Nutrition Week! This year a Try for Five campaign has been launched to encourage everyone to eat five serves of Super veggies each day. Hopewood has been urging this approach for decades so it’s great to see the focus of the nation turn to vegetables! To help that effort we share information about five of our favourite veggies and how to eat them in the most delightful way possible!
1 – Eggplant
You may have noticed that we love eggplant here at Hopewood. These amazing veggies are high in fibre, low in calories and crammed with nutrients. Not only is the eggplant amazing for your health, but it is also incredibly easy to add to your diet. Eggplant takes on so much flavour in the cooking process and is easy to combine into fantastic dishes for the whole family.
Try eggplant served in dip from our recipe
Some call it the world’s most common superfood! Full of vitamin C and antioxidants this red delight makes a perfect base to so many meals and is the ideal addition to many others. Boost your immunity with more tomatoes in your diet – from big red to sweet baby cherry varieties they are lovely eaten hot or cold.
Try our stuffed tomato recipe here;
3 – Cauliflower
Broccoli’s tasty cousin cauliflower is a fantastic powerhouse veggie and its dense high-calorie nature makes it a staple of a vegetarian lifestyle. Full of vitamin K, the cauliflower helps prevent and fight bone disease to can help to keep bones healthy, even later in life. This veggie is easy to add into most vegetarian meals, delicious served raw in salads and works exceptionally well in bakes and stir-fries as it holds its shape.
Try cauliflower in this tasty casserole;
4 – Zucchini
Zero fat and vast amounts of hydration and fibre? Sounds pretty good to us! Even though it is technically a fruit, the zucchini is an excellent plant to kick off a home veggie garden. Not to mention, perfect to snack on throughout the day. Its high water content will keep you refreshed and hydrated while you get all the vitamins and fibre possible. Sliced finely its perfect to eat raw in salads. You can also cook it every which way takes your fancy or even turn it into zoodles!
Try our grilled and stuffed zucchini for a fancy take on this amazing veggie.
5 – Carrot
We all remember being told to eat our carrots because they will help us see in the dark. While this might not be 100% accurate, the vitamin A in carrots will help keep your eyes healthy and prevent vision loss. Not to mention that carrots are just plain tasty! Perfect for snacking on, in a salad, or as a central player in a more substantial baked meal. This versatile veggie is easy to add to your diet.
Try carrots as the main event in our Asian Carrot Salad;
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