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The top 10 veggies you should eat weekly for ultimate health

By incorporating these nutrition powerhouses into your weekly meal plan, you could be well on your way to supercharging your health and cracking the code on longevity and disease prevention.

Imagine a diet filled with the top 10 most nutrient-packed vegetables on the planet, each offering a powerhouse of health benefits, and you get to eat them every week.

These veggies have been scientifically proven to be true nutrition superheroes. They boast high ORAC values—the antioxidant meter for foods that can help combat free radicals. By incorporating these nutrition powerhouses into your weekly meal plan, you could be well on your way to supercharging your health and cracking the code on longevity and disease prevention. 


  1. Dark Leafy Greens

Let's kick things off with the superheroes of the vegetable world—dark, leafy greens. We’re looking at you kale, spinach, Swiss chard, dandelion greens and arugula. These leaves are far from just your average greens. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, these leafy wonders have been shown to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and certain cancers. Studies have highlighted their immune-boosting properties and overall health benefits. 

To incorporate them into your spring and summer dishes, try whipping up a refreshing kale and watercress salad with strawberries and a tangy balsamic vinaigrette or blend spinach into a tropical smoothie with pineapple and coconut water for a nutritious treat.


  1. Broccoli

Next up is broccoli, a nutritional powerhouse celebrated for its cancer-fighting properties. Rich in sulforaphane, a compound linked to reduced inflammation and improved heart health, broccoli is a must-have in any diet. For a creative summer twist, try grilling broccoli florets with a sprinkle of garlic and lemon zest for a flavourful side dish that will elevate any meal.


  1. Bell Peppers

Colourful and crunchy bell peppers are not just a feast for the eyes; they are loaded with vitamin C, which is essential for immune function and skin health. Incorporate bell peppers into your summer meals by grilling them alongside onions for vibrant fajitas or adding them to a fresh summer salad for a burst of flavour and nutrition.


  1. Onions

Onions are not just a kitchen staple for adding flavour; they are a nutritional superstar with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. Rich in sulphur compounds, onions offer a range of health benefits, from supporting heart health to boosting the immune system. Get creative with onions by roasting them alongside mushrooms and serving them as a savoury topping for grilled meats or vegetables. Adding raw sliced red onions to salads of all kinds is one of the best ways to enjoy them at peak nutrition.


  1. Garlic

Garlic is a versatile ingredient with potent health benefits. It is known for its antibacterial and immune-boosting properties. Add garlic to your meals by mincing it into salad dressings, pasta dishes, or roasted vegetables for a flavourful kick and a significant nutritional boost.


  1. Mushrooms

Mushrooms offer a range of health benefits due to their vitamins (like B vitamins), minerals (such as selenium), dietary fibre, antioxidants, and immune-boosting compounds like beta-glucans. Incorporating mushrooms into your diet can support digestion, immune function, antioxidant defence, and overall well-being. In spring and summer, try incorporating fresh chanterelle mushrooms into light pasta dishes or grilling portobello mushrooms for a deliciously smoky flavour that complements outdoor meals perfectly.


  1. Beets

Beets are high in nitrates, which improve blood flow and exercise performance. Roast beets and toss them with feta cheese and walnuts for a delicious salad that showcases their natural sweetness and earthy flavour. Beets can also be blended into a vibrant beet hummus for a colourful and nutritious dip to enjoy at summer gatherings.


  1. Green Peas

Green peas are not just a side dish; they are a nutritional powerhouse offering plant-based protein and loads of fibre. Blend green peas into a creamy pesto sauce for a refreshing pasta dish that's perfect for a summer picnic or barbecue. Green pea soup with mint is another creative way to enjoy this versatile veggie and reap its health benefits.


  1. Carrots

Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, essential for eye health, and are a must for anyone’s regular meal rotation. In spring and summer, enjoy carrots by roasting them with a honey glaze for a sweet and savoury side dish, or incorporate them into fresh salads for a crunchy and colourful addition packed with vitamins and fibre.


  1. Asparagus

Rich in folate and important for cell regeneration, asparagus is a springtime favourite that offers a range of health benefits. Grill asparagus spears with a squeeze of lemon juice for a simple and nutritious side dish that pairs well with grilled meats or seafood. Asparagus and goat cheese tart is a creative combo that showcases this vegetable in a light and flavourful dish that's perfect for a spring brunch or picnic.

Noteworthy mentions

Butternut squash, sweet potato, microgreens, watercress, sprouts, Brussels sprouts, sea vegetables like seaweed, and fermented vegetables like kimchi and sauerkraut are also nutritional rockstars that deserve a spot on your menu.


Try them: Butternut squash and sweet potato can be roasted and blended into a creamy soup for a comforting meal, while microgreens and sprouts can be added to salads and sandwiches for a nutrient boost. Brussels sprouts roasted with balsamic glaze make a delicious side dish, and sea vegetables like seaweed can be incorporated into sushi rolls or salads for a dose of minerals and antioxidants. Fermented vegetables like kimchi and sauerkraut are not only tasty additions to meals but also support gut health and digestion.


Bottom line

Incorporating these top 10 nutrient-packed veggies into your diet each week can help you build a nutrition plan that could turn you into a superhero - ready to take on whatever challenges come your way. So, why not embrace the power of veggies and unlock your inner superhero today?

About the Author


Alicia is a journalist and editor in digital and print media specializing in health, nutrition, fitness, and wellness. She was previously the Editorial Director of Clean Eating and Vegetarian Times. Her work has also appeared in Hone Health The Edge, Yoga Journal, Women’s Running, and Oxygen, among others. In addition to being a content creator, she's an ISSA-certified nutritionist, certified personal trainer, and fitness studio owner in Toronto. Alicia loves spreading the word about helpful, science-backed health information, and she can be contacted via her website at