If you’re tossing the tops of turnips, you’re seriously losing out. Turnip greens are host to immune-boosting vitamins A and C; a whopping 500 percent of vitamin K, which regulates blood clotting; folate; and about four times the amount of calcium found in its fellow cruciferous veggies. Steam the greens to mute their bitterness or toss with a sweet citrus vinaigrette to balance it out. These are 10 of the healthiest vegetables you can possibly eat.
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Fall is kale’s time to shine. Not only does it thrive in cooler weather, meaning you’ll find it fresh for longer, you can hit your daily value of vitamins A, C, and K all in one bite. “It’s such a strong superfood contender because you knock out certain nutritional needs just by eating one specific food,” says Libby Mills, MS, RDN, LDN, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Kale also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may help protect the heart and prevent some cancers, and its fiber and magnesium content aids in digestion. As if cancer prevention and healthy digestion weren’t enough to convince you to eat a kale salad, here are 5 more reasons for why you should chow down on the cruciferous veggie!