The Underdog Fruits & Vegetables You Need In Your Diet

These guys are the new kale.

By: Noah Lehava

As cliche as it sounds, all we want to say is: move over kale. (And, we cringed while typing it, too). But, honestly, we’ve reached peak dark, leafy green. Haven’t you? The great news is, there are a myriad of other, perfectly packed-full-of-vitamins (and all the other good stuff ) foods out there for us to eat. And, chances are high that you’ll find them at any good ‘ol grocery store, no matter the season. So next time you peruse through your supermarket aisle (or order from InstaCart from your couch—no judgements) drop these in your (virtual or otherwise) shopping carts.

 

Purple Cabbage:

 
Because it’s rammed with vitamin C and A. It’s also a good source of potassium, which means it’s good for your heart, too.

 

Lemons:

 
Just like purple cabbage—but maybe better—lemons are extremely high in Vitamin C, which plays a key role in your body’s immunity and controls free radicals. They are also high in folate (helps cardiovascular health), potassium, flavonoids (have been known to suppress cancer cells), and works like an antiseptic to cleanse your organs.

 

Kiwi:

Another fruit that doesn't get the attention it deserves. Wait for it...just two of these bad boys have 230% of your daily vitamin C requirement. Kiwis also have a good amount of serotonin, which is so good for your heart and digestive system; super stuffed with magnesium and potassium to help with blood pressure; some amazing study out there proved that it helps with respiratory problems; and lutein, which is some magical vitamin that protects eyes from free radical damage. And stay tuned, because we have something *extra* coming to Coveteur soon that's all about this fruit...

Onion:

 
Onions fall into one of two categories: love or hate. But if you know what’s good, in the healthy sense, for you, you’ll find a way to work them into your meals, because they are vessels of vitamin C, sulphuric compounds, flavonoids (which are said to reduce risk of heart disease, Parkinson’s, and strokes) and phytochemicals, and fructo-oligosaccharides (big words that mean they could suppress the development of bad bacteria in your colon.)

 

Cauliflower:

 
This vegetable goes against the usual rule of thumb that darker = better. But it still has a ton of vitamin C, beta-carotene, kaempferol, quercetin, rutin, cinnamic acid, and is a great source choline (known for its role in brain development) and sulforaphane (shown to kill cancer cells). It also contains 77 percent of your daily recommended vitamin C, which means you’re ¾ of your way there in one go.

 

Cucumbers:

 
We would say this is the most universally pleasing and non-offensive vegetables in our roster. And it’s a good thing they have vitamin K & B, copper, potassium, manganese and more, which means they are also one of the most well-rounded options out there.

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