• Anya

20 Nutrient Rich vegetables to add to your diet (and 55 recipes to try them)

Updated: Jun 17

I don’t believe in superfoods...but these nutrient dense vegetables come close.

Everyone is crazy about superfoods. The more exotic (and the more expensive) the better. But just like unicorns or miracle diets, superfoods do not exist.

But that doesn’t mean some foods don’t come close.

Packed with nutrients, low in calories, cheap, and easily available, nutrient dense foods are the stars of the nutrition world and are an absolute must in your diet.

That's why I’ve made a list of 20 of the best you can find here in Mauritius. And, to prove that vegetables can be fun too, I’ve also included 55 recipes you can use them in. But before that…

What is Nutrient Density?

As their name implies, nutrient dense foods provide more nutrients than calories (Nutrients > Calories).

The average Mauritian diet tends to have more calories per meal than nutrients.

Even if you think you have a balanced diet, you could be opting for less nutrient dense options.

For example, let’s take the case of a good carbohydrate source. If you choose white rice over brown at every meal, you’re opting for a higher calorie to nutrient ratio at every meal. To illustrate, compare the two labels below.