Non-starchy vegetables are those vegetables that contain low levels of calories and carbohydrates. They are full of nutrients and filling fiber, so half of your plate (or more!) should be filled with these non-starchy vegetables. Because of their low-calorie content, you can load up on these vegetables to help you meet your daily fiber goals without breaking your calorie bank. Examples of non-starchy vegetables include:
Non-starchy vegetables can be enjoyed raw in salads or as crunchy snack options, as well as steamed as part of a balanced meal. Nutrients in such foods can be retained in their fresh or frozen form, so stock up your refrigerator and freezer. This way you can enjoy a colorful variety of non-starchy vegetables every day. The frozen vegetables are usually flash frozen at the vegetable’s time of harvest, so nutrients are retained as well as fresh vegetables. Watch out for canned versions of such vegetables since they may contain added sodium and other preservatives and additives that may not be good for your health.