The label of “superfood” can be given to any food that is exceptionally nutritious. It doesn’t have to be expensive, weird, or exotic. There are many kinds of superfoods that you can easily grow in your own garden.
When I mentioned superfood you’re probably thinking of things like spirulina powder, wheat grass, ancient grains, sea kelp, cacoa, and other kinds of hippie sounding foods like that. But as I’ve said, superfoods are simply foods that are more nutritious than average. Broccoli? Superfood. Tomatoes? Superfood. You get the idea…
By growing your own vegetables you get to eat them while they’re fresh and organic, at a state when their nutrition is at it’s highest and you get the most health benefits from them.
So here are 6 superfoods that are pretty easy to grow and manage, and in my opinion the best vegetables to grow at home:
I put tomatoes at the top of the list because it’s in my opinion the best vegetable to grow at home. Why? Because these days tomatoes are grown in hydroponic grow beds, and in low quality soil. So when you’re buying them from the grocery store, you’re buying these mass-produced tomatoes that are nowhere near as nutritious and tasty as it can be as when you’re growing them organically in your own garden.
2. Dark Leafy Green Vegetables
When people think of the word “healthy” they most likely think of green vegetables. That’s because virtually every variety of them is wildly nutritious, and I don’t think any sane person would argue with that. Another reason why they’re one of the best vegetables to grow in your garden is because many vegetables such as kale, lettuce, chard, and bok choy can be grown in colder months, so you can keep harvesting them straight through the winter.
3. Pumpkins and Squashes
Pumpkins and squashes are great winter foods, I love making a big pot of vegetable soup with some squash, potatoes, and leafy greens. They are also an important source of many nutrients such as vitamin C, magnesium, and different types of antioxidants. In addition they are low in fat, and free of cholesterol.
Broccoli is probably my top 2 favorite vegetables, tying with spinach. I know it’s weird cause many people hate broccoli. But if you’re one of those who are like me, it’s a great addition to your garden. Broccoli is great for the colder months because it can survive the winter. You can easily harvest a few heads, and leave the rest to regrow more heads for later on.
5. Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes
Potatoes and sweet potatoes are in my opinion the most nutritious food on this earth. They also make this list because they are super easy to grow. After you harvest your potatoes, you can store them in cool dry places for months at a time with no problems.
6. Herbs and Spices
Whats the difference between herbs and leafy greens? Herbs are more concentrated in flavor and in nutrition. And just like leafy greens, they are pack loaded with antioxidants and other nutrition. There are many herbs and spices you can grow indoors, such as ginger, turmeric, chives, green onions, parsley, mint, basil, cilantro, and thyme.
Even if you don’t have a lot of space to grow things, you can easily incorporate a few of these items in a small garden area or even indoors with a few pots of herbs and spices. If you have some fresh nutrient dense plants growing in your home, you’re more likely to eat them and it goes a long way in keeping you healthy.
Do you grow any vegetables in your home? If you have any other things you’d like to add to this list, please share them down in the comments below.