Learn to Love the Veggies You Hate
Just one cup of this superveggie packs 34 percent of your daily need for
folate (which can help lower levels of heartthreatening homocysteine), 15
percent of potassium (which reduces blood pressure levels), and 27 percent of
manganese (which helps maintain your bones).
Makeover: To bring out beets' natural juices, peel and grate them.
Camouflage the dirtlike flavor with lemon juice and sweet dates. For an easy
side, try Basil and Balsamic Beets. The fresh basil and vinegar bring out the
This veggie, broccoli's first cousin, also helps ward off cancer. In one
Dutch study, men who ate Brussels sprouts daily for three weeks had 28 percent
less genetic damage (a root cause of cancer) than those who didn't.
Makeover: Stirfry the veggie with Asian flavors to transform the
cabbagey taste into something sweet and salty. You can counteract the bitter
bite by roasting with onions and vinegar, too.
Popeye had the right idea: Thanks to high levels of betacarotene, vitamins
B2, B6, C, and K — plus generous amounts of manganese, folate, and magnesium —
spinach is possibly the healthiest vegetable in the world.
Makeover: Use raw spinach to avoid the metallic taste of the oxalic
crystals that form when spinach is cooked. For an even better flavor, dress the
leaves with pureed fresh strawberries. Or try lemon — the acid camouflages
spinach's bold taste.