Vegetables are an important part of anyone’s diet, bursting with vitamins, minerals and disease fighting goodness. But against the doctor’s orders, we often overlook a lot of the delicious, cheap and easy to cook vegetables because they seem dull or boring. There is also the common misconception that ‘eating healthy is expensive’, but in actuality if you compare the price of chocolate bars, crisps and other guilt infused treats with vegetables, they are much cheaper. Here are 5 vegetables that are cheap, delicious, easy to cook and great for any student on a budget:
I’m sure your mum at one point in your childhood would have told you to eat your greens, and that doesn’t mean you stop now you’re in university. Few foods measure up to the disease-fighting potential of broccoli. It is packed with antioxidants that help reduce the risk of cancer; it is also great for boosting your immune system for when colds and flu come knocking.
This root vegetable is the king of all root vegetables. It possesses nutrients such as; vitamin A, C and manganese. They’re also a good source of fibre and iron. Not only that, but sweet potatoes are less carb-heavy and contain more nutrients than the regular spud. So replace your fatty chips and instead, try making some sweet potato wedges and watch your waistline evaporate. Just slice up the potato, put them in a roasting dish with some olive oil and roast in the oven for about 20-30 min depending on how crispy you want them.
Spinach is the source of almost every vitamin and nutrient you need. So why not add it to your meals to increase your nutrient intake without the fuss. It’s a cheap vegetable and can be paired with almost any meal, wrap or salad. Scientists believe a diet containing a good amount of spinach can help to prevent everything from heart disease to colon cancer, arthritis to osteoporosis.
These orange-wonders are crammed full of eye, skin and hair-enriching nutrients. They’re also the richest vegetable source of some important antioxidants, namely vitamin A. If you want glowing skin this summer then get munching on some carrot sticks, it will help improve the condition of your skin and helps protect from sun damage. So bin the crisps, get some hummus, a few of Bugs Bunny’s best friends and you have a tasty yet healthy summer snack!
Last but not least the dreaded sprout! These little green veggies, similarly to a dog, are not just for Christmas, but can be put with any nutritious meal. They are packed with vitamins B, C and K as well as fibre, potassium and omega-3 fatty acids (great for fat loss). Bored of boiled sprouts? Why not roast them with some mixed herbs, chuck in some crispy bacon strips and make your sprout experience a whole lot tastier.
Why not try something new or cook your favourite vegetables a little differently and let us know your tips and tricks! What are your favourite vegetables and how do you enjoy them?