Super healthy vegetables for Sunday’s big game

Vegetables can make a great alternative for Super Bowl snacks. (Special to The Monitor)

BARBARA STORZ | SPECIAL TO THE MONITOR

Fresh vegetable trays are a great way to ensure healthy snacks and a way to keep our health commitments during Sunday’s big game. Along with all-time favorites like carrots and celery sticks, this is a perfect time of year to pick up colorful and healthy additions for the vegetable tray.

Sliced cauliflower is pretty in white or purple varieties and contains a wide range of vitamins and nutrients with very few calories. Cauliflower is in the highly nutritious Brassica family and, like broccoli and other members of this family, it is an excellent source of the antioxidant Vitamin C and Vitamin A, which is essential for eye health.

Kohlrabi is a stem vegetable and another member of this family that offers numerous phytochemicals that are important in fighting cancer and several members of the B vitamin complex. It is also a good source for minerals including copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and iron. Kohlrabi tastes similar to broccoli, but is milder. Kohlrabi may be found in white or purple varieties. Thinly sliced kohlrabi can also be used to support soft cheeses, replacing crackers with a low calorie, high fiber option.

This is also broccoli harvest season and broccoli florets are a natural for the vegetable tray, along with colorful radishes.

The Growing Growers Farmers Market has all of these vegetables on Saturdays, along with chicken, duck and quail eggs for deviled eggs, and home baked goods that are ready to serve for the game. And to add to the celebration, Mozna Chocolate will be serving Mexican style hot chocolate using their 70-percent dark chocolate with choices of cinnamon or orange hot chocolate. This market is open from 9 a.m. to noon in Firemen’s Park on the corner of 1st Street and Business 83 in McAllen.

Barbara Storz is a local horticulturist. You can listen to her gardening show on at 7 a.m. Saturdays on 710 KURV Radio, or e-mail her at bstorz@rcommunications.com.