Like every other season, winter in Pakistan brings its own pleasures and pitfalls. With Cold chilly winds outside and a cozy blanket with a heater inside, winters require extra effort to stay healthy and good health means a good and balanced diet. Yes, peanuts, oranges, and meat are a great way to be healthy but one of the most overlooked parts of the winter diet; vegetables, is ironically one of the most important one. Here at sooperchef, you will get to read about the seven healthiest vegetables you can treat your body with in order to stay healthy and fit throughout the season.
Cabbage is one of the most economical yet nutrient dense vegetables of all time. It also is known as Brassica Oleracea, and it comes in the forms of red cabbage, cone cabbage, and standard cabbage. This veggie is classified as an herbaceous blossoming plant and is a marvelous source of nutrients like vitamin B, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc. Being low fat and high in protein, it is used by fitness lovers as a key ingredient in healthy salads. Cabbage has high anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce swelling and bloating. Cabbage is also a great remedy for headaches, ulcers and skin ailments. Apart from being served raw in salads, it can also be used for many delicious Cooking Recipes like soups and stews.
The very thought of a mooli ka paratha invokes many nostalgic moments from our childhood! These root crops can be juicy, pungent or sweet in flavor. it comes in many colors like white, red, purple or black but in Pakistan, the white one is most prevalent. In terms of shape, radishes can be long and cylindrical or round and are eaten raw, cooked or pickled. Being a powerful detoxifying agent, radishes are great for liver and stomach, as well as purification of blood by eliminating waste and toxins. Radishes also aid you in terms of better digestion and lowering blood pressure as they are rich in potassium.
Hey? What’s up doc? Surely you have seen the witty Bugs bunny outsmarting his opponents with a carrot in his hand all the time, this is because carrots are a great source of luteolin, a substance which reduces brain inflammation and memory deficits. It is one of the best sources of beta-carotene, and Vitamin A, C, D and K. it is also rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium which make them great for eye-sight and oral health. Carrots are also great for boosting skin health and wound healing. One of the most popular desserts of Pakistan is the delectable gajar ka halwa which is truly drool-worthy.
Imagine a plateful of tasty palak paneer with a steamy hot paratha in the chilly morning of winter... Tempting right? Spinach is one of the most loved vegetables of the country and used in various Pakistani Recipes like pakoray and palak kofta. Low in fat and even lower cholesterol, spinach is one of the best vegetables you can have. It is rich in protein, fiber, folate, calcium, iron and many other nutrients. It is great for the regulation of blood pressure and prevention of neurological ailments like Alzheimer's. It strengthens bones and muscles and also great for the prevention of muscular degeneration.
Known commonly as shalgham, gongloo and shaljam, turnip is one of the most underrated winter vegetables of Pakistan. Very few people are aware of the fact that they are a great source of minerals, dietary fiber, and antioxidants. It is very low in calories and is packed with Vitamin C which is great for boosting immunity, cardiovascular health, and various other body functions. It is also full of potassium, calcium, magnesium, and copper. This lesser known vegetable is also great for prevention of indigestion and cancer.
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