Happy hello everyone and welcome to our next ITG Challenge! All submissions for the challenges will be submitted to GetHealthy@VeroOrtho.com and we will continue with this challenge until Friday September 25th!
Listed below are 10 vegetables that are not commonly used or even heard of by some! Your challenge is to use one of these vegetables in a dish, take a photo of your masterpiece and send your photo via email to GetHealthy@VeroOrtho.com along with your recipe that was used! You will then be entered in to win our weekly drawing! Prizes include a mystery gift bag along with $50 towards your ITG Foods! We will be drawing winners every Friday until Friday September 25th!
ITG Vegetable Challenge Rules:
You must email a picture of your dish with the highlighted vegetable option from below AND your recipe to GetHealthy@VeroOrtho.com BEFORE the drawing each Friday
You are allowed 2 submissions per week
Cannot submit the same recipe / photo
Arugula- This delicious green is a nutrient-dense food that is high in fiber and phytochemicals. Arugula is low in sugar, calories, carbohydrates, and fat. It is high in several vital nutrients. These include: Calcium, Potassium, Folate, Vitamin C, K & A! Arugula can be used in addition to, or in lieu of, most types of lettuce and herbs. It also boasts a distinctive leaf shape.
Bok Choy - The leafy green is known for its medicinal properties, with evidence from the early fifth century in China. The deluge of benefits possessed by the cruciferous vegetable is not only limited to the flavorsome jolt but extends to that of eye health and bone strength!
Collard Greens- Collard greens are a rich source of dietary fibers, iron, and vitamins A, B, C, and K. Vitamin K and the antioxidants found in collard greens provide anti-inflammatory properties and Vitamin C and E contain cancer fighting properties. Collards contain a good amount of fiber which, along with Vitamins K and B, support digestion and help regulate the blood supply and blood sugar levels in the body
Eggplant - Eggplants are known as nightshades. Other common nightshades are tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes. While these veggies are nutrient-dense, some people avoid them because they may cause inflammation, especially in those with certain types of inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis or psoriasis.
Jicama- (pronounced HIK-ka-ma) is a tuber, like a potato. It has thick, brown skin and white, crisp, juicy flesh. It is also called Mexican jam bean, Mexican potato, sweet turnip, or Mexican turnip. While jicama can be sliced and enjoyed raw, you can also include jicama in recipes to take advantage of the nutrition that the vegetable provides. Jicama is a naturally low-fat food, providing less than 1 gram of mostly polyunsaturated fat per serving.
Leeks- Leeks, known scientifically as Allium porrum, are related to garlic, onions, shallots, and scallions. Leeks look like large scallions and contain important amounts of the flavonoid kaempferol, which has repeatedly been shown to help protect our blood vessel linings from damage, including damage by overly reactive oxygen molecules.
Radishes- The spicy, peppery radish (Raphanus sativus) is a root vegetable, but is less starchy than many other root veggies, like potatoes and parsnips. It is part of the cruciferous vegetable family, related to turnips, cabbage, and broccoli. You can enjoy its zingy crunch raw on a salad or cook as you would a potato for milder flavor. Radishes are low in calories, but high in fiber and are an excellent source of vitamin C.
Rutabaga- a root vegetable like a turnip, but with a slightly sweeter taste. The health benefits include its ability to improve digestive health, have anti-cancer potential, act as an antioxidant, boost the immune system, and improve metabolic function. Rutabaga also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, aids in cellular and enzymatic functions and, builds strong bones.
Spaghetti Squash- It is more like any other low-calorie, low-carb veggie, such as cauliflower or broccoli. Spaghetti squash are an excellent source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, protein, minerals, and health-benefiting vitamins.
Turnips - Turnips are a lesser-known vegetable in the market despite several health benefits associated with them, which include their ability to improve bone health, protect the heart, and prevent cancer. They also reduce inflammation and optimize digestion. Additionally, turnips regulate metabolism, increase circulation, and boost the immune system.