The Vegetables That Elite Athletes Swear By

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Athletes gravitate towards certain vegetables for their nutritional benefits, versatility, and taste. The following three vegetables are not only easy to prepare but they are nutritious, filling and pack a nutritional punch.

Sweet Potatoes

One of the most important benefits of these great tasting root vegetables is that they are high in fiber. They will help to keep the digestive system healthy. Another crucial benefit is that they contain beta-carotene. This raises levels of vitamin A, keeping skin and eyes healthy and protecting the immune system.

Eating the whole potato, including the skin, is believed to help prevent some cancers. Sweet potatoes are a great comfort food because are filling and yet they are not that high in sugar.

Broccoli

Broccoli is full of vitamin K and C, potassium, fiber and folate. This gives it many health benefits. It improves the digestive system, helps to lower cholesterol, maximizes the uptake of minerals and vitamins and detoxifies the body.

It can be prepared in numerous ways from steaming to sautéing with some olive oil, salt, and pepper.  It’s not only nutritious but easy to prepare, filling and readily available.

Spinach

Many athletes include this leafy green vegetable in their diets. It is high in iron which is important in the function of red blood cells and helps to keep the blood oxygenated.  It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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