Beets, frequently consumed either pickled or in borscht, the traditional Russian soup. These colorful root vegetables contain powerful nutrient compounds and are a good source of folate, also called vitamin B-9. Folate plays an important role in optimal emotional and mental health. Fennel is known to reduce inflammation with it's very important nutrient called Choline, which helps with sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. Fennel is also a great digestive aid.
While many vegetarians and vegans are concerned about their iron intake, here is a dish that has nearly 50% of your daily intake of iron. Iron requires Vitamin C, folate and B12 for adequate absorption. Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron from the stomach. Vitamin B12 is important for normal blood, cells, and nerves. Folic acid is needed to form healthy cells, especially red blood cells. This dish is rich in Iron, Vitamin C and Folate. B12 is found in animal meat and byproducts, so in that case vegetarians or vegans should supplement. By adding a squirt of lemon juice to any meal, or fresh greens you will instantly increase your intake of vitamin C.
Also referred to as a “sunchoke,” this high-iron root vegetable is a nice alternative to potatoes and brings with it a welcome crunch. Serve them on their own or toss finished chokes with steamed collard greens or kale for a heartier and more colorful side dish.