5 underappreciated veggies you should be eating

Posted on Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014

With all of the media attention surrounding Kale, you may think it is the ONLY vegetable worth buying. Sure, staples like green beans, broccoli and asparagus may grace your shopping cart, but what about the bounty of vegetables we are so quick to pass up?

Vegetables, by nature, are nutrient dense and healthful. So, why do we gravitate towards some and neglect many others? Often, media trends convince us that a certain food item, like kale, deserves all of our attention. As a dietitian and lover of produce, I am here to tell you variety is the key. I like to think of produce as a more flavorful and efficient multivitamin (add tastier to that as well). With that being said, it is time to pay attention to the underdogs.

From cauliflower to rutabagas, underappreciated veggies are trending in some of the best restaurants in the city. I teamed up with a few notable local food enthusiasts to shine the spotlight on some veggies that have been, well, snubbed.

Katie Cavuto MS, RD is a registered dietitian and trained chef. She is the president of Healthy Bites, a company offering local and national culinary nutrition services. Katie is also the consulting dietitian for the Philadelphia Phillies, and a regular contributor on local and national TV as an expert in her field. To learn more about Katie, check her website at healthybitesdelivery.com.