Are you eating your vegetables?

Are you eating your vegetables?

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You should be! Today (June 17th) is Eat Your Vegetables Day, so in honor of our leafy green friends we put together a photo essay of women who agree that vegetables are worth your love. We hope you enjoy these beautiful photos and some surprising facts.

NAIROBI, KENYA - JUNE 10: One of the members of the Nairobi Young and Old cooperative group in front of her fruit and vegetable stand in a local market in Nairobi. This income generating activity enables her to have some financial independence and not rely on her husband, when spending money on health and education for her children. This income also helps when deciding on family planning options. The Nairobi Young and Old group she is part of, also gathers regularly to discuss sexual reproductive health, and family planning options. They are supported by DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung), an international development and advocacy organization with focus on achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. June 10, 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)..

NAIROBI, KENYA – JUNE 10: A member of the Nairobi Young and Old Cooperative in front of her fruit and vegetable stand in a local market in Nairobi. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)..

Per calorie, broccoli contains more protein than a steak. Moreover, while it takes only 34 gallons of water to produce a pound of broccoli, it takes 1847 gallons of water to produce one pound of steak. So the next time you try Meatless Mondays, think how much water you are saving the planet by choosing broccoli over beef!

THIES, SENEGAL - AUGUST 19: Women working in a communal garden growing vegetables as an income generating activity. The women use the income generated to have some financial independence, help with sharing the family expenditures, and not rely on their husband when spending money on their health and education for their children. This income also helps them when deciding on family planning options. August 19, 2014 in Thies, Senegal. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)..

THIES, SENEGAL – AUGUST 19: A woman working in a communal garden growing vegetables as an income generating activity. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)..

Cayenne pepper is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and helps stop bleeding when poured on an open wound.

AYALA, UGANDA - JULY 19: Phoebe Awuco (orange & white top) a community mobilizer and head of the Self Help Women Group Alita Kole, near her home. She lost or children to HIV/AIDS and now takes care of her grandchildren. She uses the funds that she makes form the Income generating activities supported by Reproductive health Uganda in order to pay for their needs and school fees. July 19, 2014 in Ayala, Uganda. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)..

AYALA, UGANDA – JULY 19: Phoebe Awuco, a community mobilizer and head of the Self Help Women Group Alita Kole, near her home. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images).

An apple will keep you energized longer than a cup of coffee.

TORORO, UGANDA - JULY 24: A member of the Kaku women's group, working in Banana plantation that is used as an inchme generating activity for the group. The women use the income to support their families and pay the school fees for their children. July 24, 2014 in Tororo, Uganda. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)..

TORORO, UGANDA – JULY 24: A member of the Kaku women’s group, working in Banana plantation. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)..

In 1893 the Supreme Court ruled that tomatoes are, in fact, a vegetable.

KWALE, KENYA - JUNE 12: Woman that are members of a cooperative group that uses oxen for plowing land, a job traditionally performed by men, at their fields in rural Kenya. The women use the oxen as an income generating activity, a project supported by DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung). The women use the income generated to have some financial independence and not rely on their husband, when spending money on their health and education for their children. This income also helps them when deciding on family planning options. The group also gathers regularly to discuss sexual reproductive health, and family planning options. June 12, 2014 in Kwale, Kenya. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)..

KWALE, KENYA – JUNE 12: Female members of a cooperative group that use oxen for plowing land, a job traditionally performed by men, at their fields in rural Kenya. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)..

35% of an adult’s daily requirement of vitamin C can be found in a medium-sized potato.

KATAEK, UGANDA - JULY 24: Women from the Aberu Kanyoutu group preparing peanut butter with a machine donated by DSW. They later sell the peanut butter in the market as an income generating activity, and use the income to support their families and pay the school fees for their children. July 24, 2014 in Pakam Kisoko, Uganda. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)..

KATAEK, UGANDA – JULY 24: Women from the Aberu Kanyoutu group preparing peanut butter with a machine donated by DSW. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)..

Asparagus and arugula have an extremely high amount of vitamin K, promoting bone health and giving them a substantial role in the treatment plan for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

KWALE, KENYA - JUNE 12: Woman that are members of a cooperative group that uses oxen for plowing land, a job traditionally performed by men, at their fields in rural Kenya. The women use the oxen as an income generating activity, a project supported by DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevoelkerung). The women use the income generated to have some financial independence and not rely on their husband, when spending money on their health and education for their children. This income also helps them when deciding on family planning options. The group also gathers regularly to discuss sexual reproductive health, and family planning options. June 12, 2014 in Kwale, Kenya. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)..

KWALE, KENYA – JUNE 12. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)..

At 7384mg per 100g, pumpkin gives you 246% of your daily vitamin A intake. The body uses vitamin A in maintaining a healthy immune system, good vision and cell growth.

AYALA, UGANDA - JULY 19: Women from the Self Help Group Alita Kole, taking care of their crops that they own together as a group. This gardening activity is part of an income generating activity supported by Reproductive Health Uganda and enables them to have financial independence and provide for their family needs. July 19, 2014 in Ayala, Uganda. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)..

AYALA, UGANDA – JULY 19: Women from the Self Help Group Alita Kole, taking care of their crops that they jointly own.(Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)..

Onions are a rich source of chromium, which helps facilitate insulin action and controls sugar levels in for diabetics.

KATAEK, UGANDA - JULY 24: Women from the Aberu Kanyoutu group selling vegetables and fish in a local market. This income generating activity was supported by DSW Uganda. The women use the income to support their families and pay the school fees for their children. July 24, 2014 in Pakam Kisoko, Uganda. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)..

KATAEK, UGANDA – JULY 24: Women from the Aberu Kanyoutu group selling vegetables in a local market. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images).

Vegetables are super foods! Why not celebrate Eat Your Veggies Day by trying something new like nopales, yardlong, salsify or samphire?

Share with us your favorite vegetable or even your favorite recipe in the comments below and inspire your friends and family to eat their veggies today!

AYALA, UGANDA - JULY 19: Women from the Self Help Group Alita Kole, taking care of their crops that they own together as a group. This gardening activity is part of an income generating activity supported by Reproductive Health Uganda and enables them to have financial independence and provide for their family needs. July 19, 2014 in Ayala, Uganda. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images)..

AYALA, UGANDA – JULY 19. (Photo by Jonathan Torgovnik/Reportage by Getty Images).

 

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