5 vegetables for everyone to enjoy:

1. Kale:

Have you heard of it?! If not where have you been? Kale is  one of the most healthy and popular vegetables around today.  This green leafed vegetable is a nutritional powerhouse packed full of vitamin K, and is great for your blood.  It is also a great source of vitamin C and contains many other valuable nutrients, making it a great vegetable for your immune system, heart and skin.  Eating this tasty green vegetable on a regular basis can also help to lower your cholesterol level.

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2. Spinach:

Next up is another popular green vegetable and one which was recently on our list of 7 great foods for your skin.  We're talking about Popeye's favourite food, spinach.  Spinach is low in calories and a great source of almost every vitamin.  It is claimed that spinach can also help prevent many diseases including heart disease, so be sure to add this hearty green vegetable to your favourite dishes over the summer months.

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3. Carrots:

We move from Popeye to Bugs Bunny as we list carrots as one of our top vegetables to munch on this week.  Whether you grow your own or buy from a local fruit and veg shop, carrots can be used throughout the year and go well in soups, salads, casseroles, stews, and pretty much anything you can think of.

Why are carrots so good?  Well, they contain many nutrients that benefit our eyes, skin and hair, and they are also a great source of vitamin C and contain many important antioxidants.

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4. Tomatoes:

Tomatoes often spark up discussion around whether or not they are a fruit or vegetable, but we have decided to add them to our veggie list today as they are often treated and served as a member of the vegetable family.  Tomatoes can be eaten warm or cold, whole or sliced and even blended to a soup or sauce.  They are a great source of vitamins from A – K and this week also happens to be a celebration of tomatoes as it is British Tomato Week.  Celebrate the humble tomato with our delicious vegetarian dahl recipe using Linwoods milled chia seed.  Check out the recipe here.

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5. Brussels Sprouts:

Last on our list of vegetables to enjoy in National Vegetarian Week is something that often divides opinion at the dinner table – Brussels sprouts.  Are you in or out? Brussels sprouts are a great source of folic acid, making them a popular choice among pregnant women.  This little green vegetable is also a great source of vitamins B, C and K, while also providing the body with fibre, potassium and omega 3 acids.  It may be small in nature, but it certainly packs a punch when it comes to nutritional benefits to the body.

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Whether or not you're a vegetarian, we'd love to hear from you on your favourite vegetables and what you plan to do this week to celebrate National Vegetarian Week.  Share your stories with us by connecting on Facebook and Twitter.