WHAT'S GOOD: Many homegrown fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin C.
Grow Your Own
Making a vegetable garden is a smart and fun way to incorporate heart-healthy foods into your diet.
We all know we should eat our vegetables. One way to ensure our daily intake of vitamin K and other nutrients is to grow our own.
Planting and harvesting our own vegetables has many benefits: The veggies are fresher, healthier and tastier than the ones we buy at the store or even the farmer's market. They can add some color to our yards and even help us shave money off our grocery bills.
Still, when it comes to health benefits, some vegetables are better than others. There are a few
types we should think about growing. Dark-colored ones, such as tomatoes, bell peppers and leafy green vegetables, are an incredible source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Here's a look at some vegetables that you can grow in your backyard and what they can do for you:
One of the best things about vegetables is they are easy to incorporate into our diets. Many can be eaten raw or cooked. We can blend them into our salads and add them to soups, omelettes and casseroles.
Most people should aim for at least nine servings (at least 4½ cups) of vegetables and fruits a day — and potatoes don't count, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. Having vegetables in your garden makes it especially convenient for you to consume this recommended allowance. Just think: You are only a few steps away from healthier eating.
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