You are what you eat. Consuming super foods can make a super body. But if you’ve ever piled your grocery cart with fresh fruits and vegetables, you know there is nothing super about the price you will pay in the checkout line. Buying healthy foods comes with a hefty price tag. There’s a cheaper way to do the body and the bank account some good. Grow your own super foods.
Even though it takes more time than a trip to the store, growing your own food is cost effective. Whether you start from seed or small plants, it’s cheaper. The one time investment will yield an entire season full of fresh food. You also have the added plus of freshness because these fruits and vegetables aren’t being shipped from parts unknown sitting in a truck for days at a time. Here is a list of some foods that are not only good for you, but easy to grow even for the novice gardener.
Tomatoes: Very easy to grow.
The Benefits: Tomatoes contain lycopene, which gives them the red pigment. Studies have found lycopene to have antioxidant properties, which can lower the risks of many cancers. Tomatoes are also a wonderful source of vitamins A and C.
Lettuce: Sprinkle some seeds and watch it grow. Lettuce doesn’t have deep roots so you can grow it in containers on a patio. I was amazed just how easy it was when I grew it the first time. It’s a treat to grab a bunch of fresh lettuce and make a salad. There is the added bonus of growing it in spring and fall.
The Benefits: Good source of dietary fiber which aids in digestion.
Spinach: A cool weather crop. You may plant in the spring but will find you will get your best crop in the Fall.
The Benefits: Rich in nutrients and low in calories, spinach is a powerhouse thanks in part to its phytonutrients. These provide anti-inflammatory and cancer fighting benefits.
Garlic: I cannot speak from experience about growing garlic, but I know people who have and tell me it’s easy. It is on my must plant list as I am a firm believer in its benefits. To grow, simply plant the bulbs in the Fall and harvest in the summer. It’s a self sufficient herb when it comes to growing.
The Benefits: I can speak from experience about garlic’s ability to act as a natural antibiotic. At the onset of a cold I start throwing fresh garlic in everything I eat. Granted, I may ward off colds and flu because no one with germs wants to be within six feet of me; garlic is pungent after all. It’s medicinal uses have been touted for centuries. Green onions and scallions are in this category, too. They are equally easy to grow and can boast anti inflammatory benefits and immune boosting.
Carrots: They grow easily from seed as long as they are planted in well-tilled soil. They need the ability to push through as they mature.
The Benefits: Well known for aiding in better vision, carrots have a wealth of other healthy pluses which include aiding the digestive system, skin and regulating blood sugar. Try juicing it for a tasty beverage that packs a lot of power.
Asparagus: A perennial plant that will take a couple of seasons to establish itself, but once it does you’ll have years of fresh asparagus.
The Benefits: Great source of protein, folic acid and fiber. High levels of potassium also help control blood pressure.