The Top 10 Super Foods In Your Garden

Did you know there are some really super foods in your garden? At least there could be if you choose to grow them. There are certain foods that are considered to be so extraordinary in their benefit to you in some way that they have been referred to as “super foods”. They are high in nutrients, antioxidants, or prevent certain diseases. They are easy enough to find and work into a meal, and are said to have virtually no downside.

You are probably eating these super foods in some way, shape or form, but you may not be aware that your garden can be a great source of super foods if you plant the right things.

The Top 10 Super Foods in Your Garden

Here are 10 of the easiest super foods (with the qualities that make them extra special!) that you can work into your garden or landscape for delicious and healthy meals all summer long.

Asparagus

Asparagus is high in antioxidants, fiber, folate and potassium. It is great for your heart, and it is a natural anti-inflammatory. Asparagus makes a delicious side dish and you just can’t beat it fresh from your own garden. The good news is that it is perennial, so you won’t have to plant it again next year.

Blueberries

Blueberries are very high in antioxidants and good for your heart. Other benefits of blueberries are that they lower the risk of some cancers and are a natural anti-inflammatory. Blueberries grow by the hundreds on bushes so you can work them into your landscape away from the tilled garden, instead growing them as landscape shrubs. Blueberries are great alone or added to cereal, salad, or fruit dishes.

Broccoli

Broccoli is a superb source of fiber and vitamins and is good for your heart. It lowers the risk of some cancers and is a natural anti-inflammatory. Even kids like broccoli if you get them going, and there is nothing quite like fresh raw broccoli from the garden. Great as a side or an addition to a casserole, broccoli is sure to please.

Carrots

Carrots are high in antioxidants and beta carotene, not to mention being full of vitamins. They lower the risk of stroke, are good for your eyes, and aid in digestion. Carrots are easy to grow and you can harvest them for several weeks.

Garlic

Garlic is high in antioxidants and good for your heart. It lowers the risk of certain cancers and is a natural anti-bacterial. It even lowers blood pressure. You really should add garlic to nearly any dish with pasta or tomato sauce just for the taste. The fact that it’s good for you is just a bonus.

Peppers (Hot Ones!)

All peppers are good for you but the hot ones contain an ingredient that makes them especially high in antioxidants. They also lower the risk of stroke and will help to bring cholesterol down. Add some zip to your favorite dish with a little hot pepper from now on.

Pumpkins (or Squash)

Pumpkins and squash are high in antioxidants and rich in beta-carotene, like the orange carrots. They boost your immunity and are a natural anti-inflammatory. Don’t just carve a pumpkin on Halloween. Go ahead and eat it too. It is good for you.

Spinach

Spinach is high in antioxidants, folic acid, and calcium. It is good for your heart and can lower the risk of some cancers. It also reduces risk of cataracts and macular degeneration – a bonus. Spinach is great on a pizza or in a salad.

Strawberries

Strawberries are high in antioxidants and fiber and reduce the risk of certain cancers. In addition to the nutrition in strawberries, they are good for your heart and are a natural anti-inflammatory. Strawberries even reduce effects of Alzheimer’s. You can find strawberries that produce one big crop or you can go with ever-bearing varieties for strawberries all summer.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are high in antioxidants and a good source of lycopene. They are good your your heart, reduce risk of some cancers, and boost your immunity. Tomatoes are delicious raw or cooked, so plant a bunch and use them in a variety of ways.

Planting Time
 
Did you find something you like? Make plans now to grow more of these super foods in your garden this year. They are easy to grow and very good for you. Together, these are the top 10 super foods to grow in your garden.

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