Juliette Kellow has investigated 5 ‘new vegetables on the block’ and why these newbies are so good for health. From energy boosts to healthy skin and good for new mums, they’ve got it all.
Sweet Potatoes for healthy skin
Juliette says “Sweet Potatoes are loaded with beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A and is essential for keeping skin healthy. Just 80g of Sweet Potato provides 63% of our daily need and they also contain vitamin C, needed to create collagen which can decrease with age.”
Edamame Beans for an energy boost
Feeling tired is a common problem, but enter Edamame Beans. As well as being packed with protein, which supports muscles, Juliette says “They’re a source of several vitamins and minerals that help to reduce fatigue, including iron, magnesium and folate”. These Japanese-natives also contain vitamin B1, copper and manganese, which play a role in boosting energy in the body.
Try Edamame beans in their pods as a snack.
Enoki Mushrooms for a healthy nervous system
Juliette says, “Enoki mushrooms contain vitamins B1 and B3, both of which are important for the normal function of our nervous system. Just an 80g serving provides 35% of our daily needs for vitamin B3 and 16% of our daily needs for vitamin B1!”
Dice into risottos or pasta dishes.
Dulse seaweed for strong bones
“As well as containing zinc, Dulse seaweed is also rich in calcium, magnesium and manganese, which help to maintain normal bones and just 30g of it dried counts as one of your 5-a-day”, explains Juliette. With many UK consumers having extremely low intakes of iodine, Dulse’s iodine content means it’s a sure winner.
Sprinkle dried Dulse onto fish dishes.
Kohlrabi For New Mums
Says Juliette, “the Department of Health recommends all women trying for a baby and in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy take a 400mcg supplement of folic acid, to reduce the risk of neural tube defects -Kohlrabi is also a good source of this and also contains potassium, for maintaining normal blood pressure, and is a rich source of vitamin C. And with its high fibre content and the SACN now recommending we eat 30g a day, it’s a must-add crunchy addition to dishes.
Enjoy raw in salad dishes or roast for a unique side.