My Top Veggie Picks…and a Giveaway

by Amie on August 18, 2010


Here I am at our local Farmer’s Market right in Rockefeller Center at the heart of Manhattan.  This Farmer’s Market runs Monday thru Fridays during the summer and is a great spot to visit during my lunch break.

Veggies are low in calories and loaded with micronutrients, fiber, minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals…so go ahead and eat them until your heart’s content (exceptions: starches such as white potatoes and corn)…I eat a vast array of the rainbow in unlimited veggies each and everyday.  What’s the secret? Keep your veggies exciting by incorporating them into your morning smoothie, afternoon salad, evening soup and snack time crudites.

Start your breakfast, lunch and dinner with a serving of vegetables such as a large salad or crudites to increase nutrient intake and help control your appetite.

Dark Leafy Greens-

Bursting with Vitamins A, K and C, folate, magnesium, manganese, calcium and fiber.  Health Boosts: May promote eye health thanks to carotenoids (a group of pigments found mainly in green leafy veggies, tomatoes and carrots) and fight cancer.

Bok Choy-

Contains Vitamin C, folate, fiber and Calcium.  Health Boost: May help promote bone health and support immunity.

Brussels Sprouts-

Full of Vitamins A, K and C, manganese, folate, fiber, potassium and Vitamin B6.  Health Boost: Linked to reduce cancer risk, especially colon and breast cancers.

Radishes-

Full of folate, fiber and Vitamin C.  Health Boost: Helps with weight control and may help boost the immune system.

Bean Sprouts-

Soaring with Vitamins C and K, folate, potassium and protein.  Healthy Boost: May boost satiety and assist in weight management.

Red Bell Peppers-

Chock full of Vitamins C, A, B6 and K, fiber, folate and manganese.  Health Boost: May promote heart health.  Vitamin C supports immunity; cartenoids may decrease risk of certain types of cancer.

What are your favorite vegetables and how do you incorporate them into your day?

And Now For My Giveaway:

I’m picking 2 lucky readers to win a package from Element Bars, a website that lets you create your very own bar with the ingredients of your choice.

To Enter: Leave me a comment on this post telling me what kind of Element Bar you would create.  I will pick 2 lucky winners on Friday, August the 20th at 5PM EST.

Good Luck!

And, I’ve got an Element Bars Discount for you too…

You can receive a 15% Off Discount at Elementbars.com by entering the code: EB15 from now thru December 31, 2010.

Enjoy!

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Jordan P August 18, 2010 at 8:39 am

Gahhh I wish I were going to the farmer’s market today.

These bars are so cool!! so many times I’ve wanted my own bar designed by me… Datey, Cranberries, soy nuts, fiber OH LAWDY! yummy.

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Ryan G August 18, 2010 at 8:40 am

Oaty, blueberry, honey, I love all these ingredients…

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Heather (Where's the Beach) August 18, 2010 at 9:00 am

I love bok choy, red bell peppers, and green leafy veggies. I never think to use bean sprouts though.

I love playing around on the Element Bars site. I have never actually ordered though. My bar would be: crispy core, whey protein, almonds, cranberries, pumpkins spice, agave with fiber and omega boost.

Now I just need someone to tell me if it would taste good ;-)

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The Healthy Apple August 18, 2010 at 9:40 am

Hehe…I’m sure it would taste delish, Heather!

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Erika August 18, 2010 at 9:38 am

I’m like Heather – I have actually made my own bar on the Element site but never actually ordered it. I would choose a crispy core w/ almond butter, cranberries, brown rice syrup, and a whey protein boost! (Ooh, now I really want this – even if I don’t win I will probably still order it – Haha!)

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The Healthy Apple August 18, 2010 at 9:41 am

Yummm….Erika, my mouth is watering just thinking of your creation….sounds divine!

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lisasfoods August 18, 2010 at 9:55 am

I love roasted Brussels sprouts, steamed kale and broccoli, and lettuce and spinach in my smoothies. We always eat a side of vegetables with dinner, or usually eat raw veggies with lunch.

My Element Bars would contain bananas, cashew, dark chocolate, and dried cherries.

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The Healthy Apple August 18, 2010 at 10:02 am

I hear ya, Lisa…I’m obsessed with Brussels sprouts…so delish

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stephen August 18, 2010 at 11:57 am

wow, the Element bar website is pretty cool. I’d like to try an Apricot & Walnut bar with pumpkin spice and whey (on a datey core). It sounds like a healthy, treat for after my workouts!

I love roasted brussel sprouts. I’ve been on a big kick of eating kale lately after trying it for the first time. Its so quick to cook, and tasty too. I don’t know why most people haven’t tried kale.

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The Healthy Apple August 18, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Oooo Walnut with pumpkin spice sounds amazing….I’ve been on a kale n’ Brussel Sprouts kick for years now…hehe…it’s amazing! Thank you and have a great day…

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Alex August 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I’m thinking: oaty core w/ chocolate chips, blueberries, and soy protein

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Alisa August 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Really, I love all veggies, but feel a bit deprived if I don’t have broccoli regularly.

I went for the Chewy Core (w/ almond butter), Blueberries, Cashews, Maple Syrup, and Immunity Boost. That was fun!

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Missy Maintains August 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I would make a datey bar with blueberries, flaxseeds, chocolate chips, and whey protein!!

P.S I LOVE YOU—almond butter heaven!

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The Healthy Apple August 18, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Hahaaha; so glad you liked them…enjoy the nut butters. Can’t wait to see what you eat them with! I’m enjoying one right now with an apple!

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kristin August 18, 2010 at 5:14 pm

oh man!! I’v played around with the different flavors on this website before and juts never orderd any. this is awesome!!

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Keegan August 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm

MMmmm, veggies. You’re right, can never have enough!
I’d make a bar with: crispy core, blueberries, almonds, brown rice syrup, and a soy protein boost. Yum!

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stephchows August 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm

thanks for the friends add! MMM those bars sound delicious! Love that you can make your own! crispy cherries cashew pumpkin chocolate chips! yum!

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The Healthy Apple August 19, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Thank you, Steph; great to be ‘Foodbuzz Friends’ with you too!

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doggybloggy August 19, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I would make a chewy almond core, blueberry, cashew, chocolate chip, honey omega 3 bar….

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Natalie August 20, 2010 at 2:00 am

i would create a bar with a pro chewy core, apricots, bananas, flaxseeds, walnuts,pumpkin spice, and an omega-3 boost! yum

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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} August 20, 2010 at 2:48 am

My Element Bars would contain Date Paste, Almonds, Cashews, Cherries, Cranberries, Honey, Walnuts, Organic Flaxseed Oil, and Soy Protein :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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Kristy August 20, 2010 at 7:49 am

This is my first visit to your blog, it’s great!! As for the Element bars, I’ve never tried one but if I were to make one it would have to include, almonds, dried cherries and def some good chocolate!! Thank you!!! Looking forward to following you!

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The Healthy Apple August 20, 2010 at 8:21 am

Kristy, Thank you so much for your kind words; I greatly appreciate it…I”m so excited to follow your blog, as well! Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for your comment! Best, Amie

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kristin August 21, 2010 at 12:27 am

oh man, I am getting way too into this website! i can’t decide between a datey bar with cranberries, walnuts, and possibly chocolate chips and a pumpkin spice bar with oaty bar, pumkin spice, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and brown rice syrup… both look reaally good!

with you talking about it I really wish there were more fresh outdoor markets around me. We have a few but none are close so i have to settle fo the regular old grocery store. There’s just a different feeling in the farmer’s market that’s so great

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The Healthy Apple August 21, 2010 at 8:23 am

Hehe; so glad you like the element bar website, Kris…Have a great weekend! xo, Amie

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fooddreamer August 21, 2010 at 7:59 am

Darn, I missed your giveaway! Oh well, great blog, I love reading about healthy food.

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The Healthy Apple August 21, 2010 at 8:24 am

Thanks so much, Fooddreamer for your comment.No worries about missing the giveaway; there will be many more to come. Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for your positive comments about my blog; greatly appreciated. Best, Amie

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Kori August 21, 2010 at 9:02 am

Love how you summarized some of the best things about summer. Nothing beats fresh veggies and a trip to the farmers’ market…headed there right now! Enjoy your weekend :)

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The Healthy Apple August 21, 2010 at 9:11 am

Thanks Kori; have a fabulous day at the farmer’s market! Thank you for your comment; keep up the great bloggin. Best, Amie

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gwen@SimplyHealthyFamily August 21, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I’ve never met a veggie I didn’t like. My fav’s are All green leafy veggies, especially Bok Choy and Kale.
How fun, I guess I’d make a bar with crunchy oats, a bit-o-honey, pumpkin seeds, apricot and dried figs.

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misssmouse August 21, 2010 at 10:31 pm

I loved this post! What a great and succinct capture of all our lovely greens! I love me a good green!
As for the Element bars, how cool are they? That is so great! I would do an oaty core with soy protein, blueberries, flax and almonds, like oatmeal in a bar!!

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misssmouse August 21, 2010 at 10:32 pm

ergh, something is wrong with the connect to my blog, it’s http://ieatoats.wordpress.com.

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Wendy Irene (Give Love Create Happiness) August 21, 2010 at 11:13 pm

I love that you are at a Farmer’s Market right in Rockefeller Center! I miss NY! I would love to try the choco-latta-fun bar that is already created. It sounds SO good! Have a great weekend :)

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Wendy Irene August 21, 2010 at 11:15 pm

oops … sorry just realized it is actually passed the 20th already. Oh dear! hehe

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kristin August 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm

since I was in a stop-and-get-some-fresh-veggies-on-your-way-home kinda mood I picked up brussel sprouts on the way back from work. I LOVE brussel sprouts but i don’t know too many ways to prepare them. Can you give me any suggestions? I made them today by roasting them (good just like that) and made an apple cyder reduction to finish cooking them in. it was REALLY good but like i said, i dont know very many other ways that are different. Everything I find online is some variation of roasting them the same ways.

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The Healthy Apple August 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I love roasting Brussels Sprouts in the oven with chili powder, honey and sea salt….that is one of my favorites. I also enjoy roasting them with olive oil and balsamic vinegar too!

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kristin August 22, 2010 at 9:34 pm

thanks aim! Olive oil and balsamic is what Iusually do but i never would have thought of chili powder

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Lauren @ Fun, Fit, and Fabulous! August 22, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Wow, I just had a blast building my own energy bar. I am a fitness instructor/personal trainer, and am constatnly running from one gym to the next. I often have to rely on energy bars for fuel. It would be so nice to control exactly what goes in to my bar.

I would make a Pro Fuity blueberry bar with apricots, cranberries, flaxseed, soy protein, and antioxidants!

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The Healthy Apple August 23, 2010 at 10:14 am

Thanks for your comment, Lauren; these bars are great especially because you can pick n’ choose your ingredients! Have a great day and be sure to let me know if you try them…I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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