Ah yes, broccoli – everyone’s favorite dark green vegetable. It seems cruel to tout its benefits in the presence of the other, less appreciated Brassicas. But broccoli deserves the limelight, given that people actually eat it with some frequency and it’s a potent source of potassium, folate, fiber, vitamins C and A and the eye-protecting antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. It is also lower in pesticide residues than many other dark green vegetables (kale, romaine lettuce and spinach). And at less than 50 cents a serving, it’s a great buy, too.
Kale is a particularly stellar member of this robust family. One cup contains just as much potassium as a banana, more vitamin A and more than 55 times the lutein and zeaxanthin of 12 baby carrots. Opting for organic kale is a smart move if you can, as conventional kale is on EWG’s Dirty Dozen + list and may contain pesticide residues of special concern.
You can learn more about feeding your family well on a tight budget here: Good Food on a Tight Budget
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