5. Red Cabbage
The vibrant red or purple color of red cabbage means it is high in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that can aid in the prevention of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Try New Nostalgia’s recipe for Eat All Week Chopped Vegetable Detox Salad, which is chock full of bright, colorful, nutrient-packed vegetables. This recipe is easy as can be if you use a food processor to do all the chopping work. What’s more, the lemon ginger dressing is bursting with flavor and contains antioxidants to boot.
Bugs Bunny knew what he was doing when he chomped on his carrots. These crunchy orange vegetables are great sources of beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A promotes healthy vision, strong immunity, and good reproductive health. Carrots taste great roasted, added to salads, or simmered in soups. Plus, you can’t beat the ease of grabbing a handful of baby carrots for snacking on the go. Try a chilled carrot soup or a crispy carrot slaw to get your daily dose of beta-carotene.
Garlic may not get a lot of attention unless you are looking to ward off vampires. While the jury is out on whether garlic will keep vampires at bay, it does have a lot of nutrients that can help fend off ill health. Garlic contains vitamin C, antioxidants, and a substance called alliin. Alliin is a sulfuric compound that breaks down into allicin, which is responsible for that special garlicky aroma. Allicin also contributes many of the healing attributes to garlic. Studies suggest that garlic may help to boost immunity and reduce inflammation.
2. Red Onion
Like garlic, onions are members of the allium family and gain some of their health benefits from the sulfur compounds they contain. Red onion has the additional benefit of the deep purple color that indicates the presence of the antioxidant lycopene. Onions are flavorful additions to salads, dressings, and sandwiches. They impart flavor to soups, stews, stir fry, and other roasted vegetables. To enjoy their rich flavor as the star of a dinner side dish, try out the Balsamic-Glazed Red Onions at Simply Recipes.
1. Chili Peppers
If you enjoy life with a little spice, you will be happy to know that chili peppers are loaded with antioxidants as well as flavor. Chili peppers contain capsaicin, which gives them their spicy flavor as well as many health benefits. Capsanthin is the carotenoid in red chili peppers that imparts their red color and a wealth of antioxidant properties. These red peppers are also rich in potassium and copper, and are good sources of vitamins A, C, B6, and K. Check out this recipe for Detox-Friendly Vegan Chili over at Erin Holt Health. It is packed with vegetables and gets an extra dash of flavor from chili powder.Related: 15 Detox Foods That Work Better Than Apple Cider Vinegar