Getting tired of trying to consume as much of the trendy super foods (kale, spinach, broccoli) as you can?  Are you running out of recipes to make these exciting or enticing?  How about we mix things up a bit and introduce some foods that are just as nutritious.  Give these nutritional stars a try:

Purple Cauliflower:

Purple cauliflower is a natural hybrid of the common white variety.  The purple variety offers all the same goodness as the white (vitamin C, vitamin B9, vitamin K) but it also gives you the added benefit of anthocyanin.  Anthocyanins possesses antioxidants and antimicrobials activities, it can improve visual and neurological health, and protect you against some diseases.

Broccoli Sprouts:

These are the sprouts that grow before the plant turns into the familiar form we know as broccoli.  A fully grown broccoli provides more vitamin A and C, however sprouts are higher in calcium and contain more iron.  They are also one of the riches sources of sulforaphane which enhances protective genes that help to detoxify the body from heavy metals, suppresses tumour growth, and helps to regulate energy metabolism.

Beet Greens:

Lately the deep red part of beets has been getting all the press, yet the green leaves are full of nutrients such as manganese, iron, copper, potassium, and calcium.  They also contain vitamin C and 774% of the recommended daily requirement of vitamin K.  Beet greens also contain lutein and beta-carotene which protect against macular degeneration and help with cellular health.

Brussels Sprouts:

The same thing that make these vegetables bitter and hated by so many, is the reason why they are so nutritious.  Thiocycates are a powerful antioxidant that help the body detoxify itself and prevent free radical damage.  Brussels Sprouts are one of the richest source of antioxidants and contain more than 100% of recommended daily requirement of  vitamin C and K. They are also a good source of vitamin B1, choline, and copper.  Need help getting the kids to eat brussels sprouts?  Try this recipe: