5 Healthy Produce Items to Include in Your Cooking

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At an altitude of 7,000 feet and with breathtakingly beautiful scenery including pine forests and volcanoes, Flagstaff, Arizona, has a lot to offer. Staying in an apartment in Flagstaff can give you the opportunity to take advantage of hiking, shopping, and cultural attractions, while giving you a base for prepping healthy meals to fuel through each day. Vegetables and fruit can add nutrients and flavor to your meals, and here are 5 healthy produce items to include in your cooking.

1. Eggplant

Eggplant does not always come to the top of the list, but there is a reason why so many different cultures have their signature eggplant dishes. Try it in a stir fry, eggplant parmesan, or a Middle Eastern-inspired eggplant dip, and know you are getting fiber and antioxidants.

2. Cauliflower

Cauliflower is rich in fiber, vitamin C, and folate. You can use it as a low-carb substitute for a variety of foods, such as mashed potatoes, fried rice, and even pizza crust. For a greater range of nutrients, flavors, and textures, experiment with green, red, and orange cauliflower, too.

3. Spinach

Spinach is an incredibly versatile choice that provides magnesium, iron, and vitamins A and C. You can add it to eggs, casseroles, lasagna, and soup. Kale, collard greens, and other greens are also nutritionally dense, and as easy to use as spinach.

4. Winter Squash

Acorn, kabocha, butternut, and other types of winter squash are available year round. They are good sources of potassium and vitamin A. Use them to thicken soups, or make them a centerpiece of a meal by stuffing them with a nutritious filling made with brown rice or quinoa.

5. Apples

Apples are high in dietary fiber and low in calories when compared to sweet desserts. Apples are delicious when they are raw and crunchy, but you can also cook them. Pair stewed apples with Greek yogurt to finish off your meal, or serve baked apples with cinnamon for a dessert on their own.

If you are ready to spend some time exploring the trails and living the healthy life in Flagstaff, Arizona, give us a call. We can let you know which apartment floor plans are available at Country Club Terrace. You may be able to start cooking healthy meals in your own Flagstaff apartment before you know it.

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