Kale, Yams, and Beets…if you aren’t eating these veggies on a regular basis, you should be. According to Alan Tyson, physical therapist, athletic trainer, and certified strength and conditioning specialist, if you are an athlete or just want to perform at your best, these veggies should be on your A-List.
We all know that eating vegetables is a good thing to do. But not all vegetables are created equal. The more colorful the veggie, the more significant the nutritional potency (Vitamin C and E, carotenoids, polyphenols, etc.). When we eat a variety of green, yellow, and red vegetables we receive the maximum benefit that vegetables have to offer. Vegetables’ potent qualities are reflected in studies of populations with primary plant-based diets. Over time, people in these cultures are far less likely to be obese; they enjoy a longer lifespan; and they have a decreased risk of developing a number of chronic diseases. The general admonishment to “eat more veggies” is perfectly legitimate, but if you’re looking for a more concrete recommendation, the following are the reasons Alan Tyson says we should really get to know these three great veggies:
This goes for all dark green leafy veggies, but we give kale top billing to emphasize that its growing popularity is well-deserved. Kale is a nutrition powerhouse, packed with fiber and copper—one nutrient that is hard to get in a normal diet—and an excellent source of manganese, iron, vitamins C, A, and K, and myriad phytonutrients.If you’re wondering what to do with this prehistoric-looking green, you could sauté or steam it like spinach. Even easier, cut out the rib, chop the green, and use it in a salad. Many athletes replace traditional potato or tortilla chips with kale chips because they like truly are just as tasty!!!
Seconds after Usain Bolt broke the world record in the 100 meter dash at the 2008 Beijing Olympics,
his father Wellesley famously revealed his son’s performance enhancing secret: “It is definitely the Trelawny Yam,” the elder Bolt told reporters.