Breaking it Down: The Benefits of 4 Healthy Veggies
At Peekaboo, we’re all about the precarious balance of parenting: We know how hard it is to get your kids to eat their veggies—slash impossible. We also know there’s no denying their ice cream-induced smiles.
That’s why our founder, Jessica, chief ice cream engineer, and mom of three started sneaking veggies into her homemade pints. So your family can get the benefits of vegetables like cauliflower and the rich flavors of chocolate and cookie dough, at the same time.
Everybody knows that vegetables are good for your health. Even the Cookie Monster eats a healthy helping of veggies before indulging in his favorite treats. But just knowing that eating vegetables is good for our bodies wasn’t enough. So, we did our research to find out exactly why we want to keep a steady diet of some of our favorite veggies. Here’s our breakdown on the key benefits of four of the healthy vegetables that we've snuck into our pints.
Carrots are some of the most diverse vegetables because they can be prepared in so many delicious ways. These vibrant veggies taste great whether you prepare them on a grill, mix them into a smoothie, or if you hide them in your ice cream (our personal favorite method of carrot consumption). No matter how you decide to get your fill of carrots, your body will thank you for it. Not only are carrots tasty, they are also chock full of nutrients that your body loves.
It’s pretty well known that carrots are beneficial for your eye health because they contain beta-carotene. These crunchy veggies get their colorful hues from beta-carotene which your body converts into vitamin A. The vitamin A is also essential for the immune system and organs such as the heart, lungs and kidneys to work properly. As an added benefit, carrots can be used in the winter to put the final touch on your snowman. ;)
The deep reddish-purple beet is another vegetable on our list that can easily be considered a superfood. Beets are jam-packed with important nutrients that have been associated with health benefits such as lowered blood pressure, improved blood flow, increased oxygen levels and more! These benefits for your body come from the high content of inorganic nitrates that can be found in beets.
A serving of beets will also provide you with minerals such as calcium, potassium and manganese that your body can’t make on its own. The easiest way to get more of these benefits is by getting yourself a pint of our Organic Cotton Candy flavor with a hidden helping of beets in each container. As if the sticky, sweet flavor of the cotton candy wasn’t enough, you also get all of the healthy benefits of beets in each mouth-watering scoop of ice cream.
Skip out on the sugary orange juice, eating cauliflower is one of the best ways to get your daily dose of vitamin C. Cauliflower, like other cruciferous veggies, are full of a disease-fighting compound known as sulforaphane that can help protect your central nervous system. If you’re looking for a veggie to sharpen your learning and memory skills, the choline in cauliflower is absolutely fundamental!
One word of advice before you jump into the kitchen. You should try to avoid boiling or blanching your cauliflower because that might cause your cauliflower to lose some of those precious nutrients. Instead, try tossing your veggies in a stir fry or roast them until they’re nice and crispy.
As winter rolls around, you might notice your local grocery stores or farmers markets stocked up on squash. Although they are technically considered to be fruits, these gourds pack all of the nutritional goodness that you would usually find in a vegetable. Just a half cup of cubed squash can provide massive amounts of vitamins, potassium, fiber, and water for your diet. Squash also happens to taste delicious raw (truly!) if you’re looking to keep the cooking to a minimum.
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