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As a general rule, eating lots of vegetables is healthy. Eating lots of healthy vegetables is even healthier. 5-9 servings a day is great, but the more, the merrier.

Unfortunately, for many folks, the bulk of our vegetable intake comes from nutritionally sparse vegetables such as iceberg lettuce and Russet potatoes. These, of course, have some nutritional value, but should not compose the majority of vegetables in your diet.

By diversifying your diet with nutritionally dense vegetables, you’ll help your body protect itself against a whole array of diseases, as well as feel and look better. Try incorporating some of the following vegetables into your diet on a daily basis, and make sure to pick a rainbow of colors! This is the easiest way to synergize the nutrients you make available to your body.

Greens

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These top the list for nutritional greatness. They includes spinach, kale, collards, deep colored lettuces, chard, cabbage, and whatever other vegetables in the produce section that fit the descriptors “leafy” and “green”. With the variety to choose from, at least one of these will appeal to even the pickiest eater. They all have high concentrations of vitamins, including A, K, and C (lower concentrations in lettuces), in addition to lots of fiber and a bit of protein to boot. They’ve been shown to reduce bad cholesterol. Adding leafy greens to at least one meal a day is a great goal to increase your consumption of these nutritional gems.