Fun fact: Figs are actually inside-out flowers with a sweet, jam-like texture. They have loads of fiber and are one of the best sources of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that may help protect against a slew of diseases.
TRY THIS: Top a bowl of Greek yogurt with sliced fresh figs or munch on a few dried ones for a healthy snack.
2. MUSTARD GREENS
Move over, spinach and kale — there’s a new leafy superstar. Mustard greens are rich in a compound that enhances the effects of vitamins A, C, and E, all great for skin health.
TRY THIS: Sauté mustard greens or chop and toss with pasta and your favorite protein and seasonings.
These root vegetables get their rich color from betalains, pigments with powerful antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties. Beets may also benefit the heart and the brain.
TRY THIS: Roast and eat as a side or salad topper, or blend raw or cooked (and cooled) beets into a smoothie.
4. BRUSSELS SPROUTS
These mini cabbages boast fiber, vitamin C (an immune booster), vitamin K (crucial to blood clotting), and plant compounds that may help fight cancer and protect memory.
TRY THIS: Brussels sprouts are fantastic tossed in olive oil with dashes of garlic, salt, and pepper, then wrapped in half-slices of turkey bacon and roasted until tender.
5. DELICATA SQUASH
The flesh of striped delicata squash has a
yespornplease creamy, mild flavor; it’s full of potassium and vitamins A and C, and the fiber-filled skin can be eaten when cooked.
TRY THIS: For a quick roast, cut squash into slices (skin and all!), mist with oil spray, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook at 425°F until lightly charred.