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5 Foods You Can Grow At Home to Help Change Your Diet

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Chidinma Zee

Food & Home / / March 14, 2017

When you want to be healthy, you strive to eat the best and most natural ingredients out there. What better way to do this than growing your own food right at home? It sounds difficult, I know, but it is relatively easy.

I have come to enjoy the benefit of growing some healthy ingredients right in my backyard and even in my kitchen. You can definitely change your diet when you pick exactly what goes into your meals and what doesn’t.

As long as you have a good cookware set, you can transform any ingredient grown in your home into something delicious and surprisingly healthy.

Here are 5 foods you can grow directly at home

#1 Herbs

This one may be pretty obvious, but growing your own herbs and roots has health benefits. You can grow almost anything, from basil to rosemary and garlic. But how about those that are also very healthy?

You can grow cilantro for example, which is high in vitamin K, or cinnamon, which lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and even ginger, which helps all sorts of digestive disorders, reduces inflammation and pain.

Keep in mind all herbs tend to love the sun. However, there are some that under certain circumstance can be grown inside. Some, though, like basil, are very sensitive to cold, so they should be planted during spring or early summer.

#2. Cucumbers

What better way to change your diet than eating more veggies? These can be expensive and often not so appealing in grocery stores. Cucumber is one of the best additions to your diet, as it is an excellent source of vitamin A and folic acid.

Plant your cucumbers during warm seasons, as they die when it is cold out. This vegetable is very high in vitamin B, copper, potassium, vitamin c, and manganese, all of which protect your brain and prevents nutrient deficiency seen in common diets.

#3. Spinach

This vegetable is very easy to grow, all you have to do is plant a bed of loose leaf lettuce and it will be ready to harvest in just three weeks. Make sure you plant your spinach during the spring season, and let it receive morning sun and afternoon shade. Within three to five weeks you can begin cutting down the leaves for your salad or recipes.

When you grow spinach, you have access to nutrients such as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, potassium, folate, iron, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, and manganese… All nutrients you need and without the calories or fat.

#4. Tomatoes

One of my favorite foods to grow, these are highly satisfying and full of vitamin C, K, and B6. Tomatoes come in all shapes and forms, and they only need good soil, water, and sunshine.

Eating tomatoes provides an excellent source of folic acid, fiber, biotin, and carotenes. This vegetable is good for your bones, your skin, it prevents cancer, helps your heart, and even your kidneys.

#5. Avocados

The best source of fat out there can be grown right from your own home. You can use the pit from the last avocado you ate, replant the seed, and you will have avocados in no time.

This fruit is high in vitamins, potassium, iron, copper, magnesium, calcium, protein, and phytochemicals. It contains omega-3 fatty acids, which contributes to heart health and regulates high blood pressure, is anti-inflammatory and highly antioxidant.

Introduce avocados to your daily diet and change your life, and your weight! Plus pick them right from your garden.

Plant Your Way To a Better Health

There are many more foods to grow at home, such as beans, potatoes, celery, fennel, turmeric, and cumin. But start with these five and your diet will be transformed.

What do you think? Does this sound like a real change to your lifestyle and diet? Let me know what foods you like to grow!

Categories: Food & Home
About The Author
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Chidinma is the founder of Fruitful Kitchen, a blog that shares delicious recipes and lifestyle tips. Most of her recipes help women with fertility issues, especially fibroids, PCOS, and Endometriosis. Sometimes, however, you will find other interesting recipes, as well as cooking tips and tricks there.

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