It’s no secret that eating fruits and veggies is a wonderful way to satisfy nutrient needs and keep you healthy. Produce is packed with fiber, vitamins A and C, potassium and other necessary vitamins and minerals. At the same time, it’s low in fat and calories, making it an optimal choice for booting health and keeping your weight under control. Just about any fruit or vegetable is a prime choice, but here’s a list that gives you one for each letter of the alphabet. The more variety in your diet, the better so try them all.
This is obvious, right? Apples are full of fiber and antioxidants that are great for keeping you healthy and fighting illness.
2 Bell Peppers
Not only are bell peppers full of vitamin C, but they are also a great way to protect your skin from infections.
The bright orange color of carrots tells you that they contain a lot of beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in your body.
4 Dandelion Greens
Did you know you can eat dandelion greens? You can! And they’re a great way to satisfy your vitamin K intake, which is important for healthy blood clotting.
This delicious veggie is delicious when it’s grilled. Eating it will help you get antioxidants that help fight certain types of cancer.
If you’ve never had fennel, it’s time to change that. It has a pleasant flavor in salads and soups and contains vitamin C, potassium and fiber.
Because it’s a citrus fruit, grapefruit is a great way to get more vitamin C. It’s also packed with antioxidants.
Huckleberries aren’t as easy to find as other kinds of berries, but they contain loads of antioxidants and a really great flavor.
9 Ice Plant
Many people consider this a weed and you might even have some growing in your yard. It contains vitamins A, B and C. Never eat a plant without making sure you know what it is first.
This crunchy little treat is great in salsas and salads. When you eat it, you boost your intake of vitamin C and calcium.
I could have included kale, but we all know the benefits of that veggie. A single kiwi satisfies nearly your entire vitamin C intake for the day.
Leeks look like giant green onions and are a good way to get some antioxidants in your daily meal plan.
This tropical fruit has a really wonderful flavor, but they are also loaded with potassium and vitamins A and C.
This stone fruit is seasonal in the summer and makes a great tart. Nectarines also contain plenty of nutrients and antioxidants to protect your health.
Here’s another prime citrus fruit that is loaded with vitamin C, which you need to protect your immunity.
According to experts, plums have the second highest antioxidant content of any fruit or veggie. They also contain vitamins A and C, as well as calcium.
There are no fruits and veggies that start with “Q” so here we are at the next letter. Radishes contain potassium and iron.
Roasted squash is one of the best foods in the world. Not only does it taste heavenly, but it also loads you up with vitamin A and potassium.
Tomatoes are one of the best sources of the antioxidant, lycopene, which fights prostate problems and other health issues. They also contain plenty of vitamin C.
20 Upland Cress
This leafy green contains potassium and vitamins A and C, making it something new for you to try today.
No “V.” Watermelon is largely made up of water, which is helpful for keeping you hydrated. It also contains lycopene in similar amounts to tomatoes.
Yams differ from sweet potatoes in that they are not quite as orange and tend more toward white. They still contain nutrients you need to stay healthy.
This is one of my favorites. It tastes really good grilled and roasted. It’s also a tasty way to get some vitamin A.