Eat Veggies Taste Pasta
Remember when your mother told you to “eat your veggies”? She was right, of course! Vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet. And because every vegetable has its own unique combination of nutrients, it’s important to eat as many different vegetables as possible.
VeggiHap’s mission is to give you all this diversity and nutrition in one convenient meal. So you can enjoy a fun and heart-warming plate, filled with all the beneficial nutrients your body needs.
Beetroot (Beta vulgaris)
- Slow carbs - raw or cooked beetroot offers about 8–10% carbs
- Good source of dietary fibre for gut health
- Good sources of vitamins and minerals, such as folate, manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C
- Beetroots are high in several beneficial plant compounds, especially betanin (beetroot red), vulgaxanthin, and inorganic nitrates. In particular, inorganic nitrates are associated with reduced blood pressure
Beetroot is gaining immense popularity as a super nutritious food. The purple/red colour of the beetroot comes from the betalains, which are strong antioxidants that reduce inflammation. Beetroot is a good source of choline which boosts the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, and this is important for gut motility, improved sleep, muscle building and brain health (memory). Beetroot is popular amongst athletes as it also improves long term endurance.
Matooke (Musa acuminata) East African Highland Banana
- Matooke can have important benefits for your health. They are a good source of prebiotic fiber and help in improving the gut bacterial population. This can boost digestive health.
- Matooke (green bananas) are rich in potassium. The mineral is a vasodilator. It helps in regulating the blood pressure levels in the body and this would help promote cardiovascular health.
- Green bananas can also be good for people with diabetes. Their relatively low glycemic index and high content of fiber and resistant starch (RS2) play a role here. They help lower glucose and cholesterol levels in the blood.
Matooke, also known as the East African Highland banana, is a green cooking banana. Matooke is a common staple food crop in Uganda and other Great lakes countries. Much like a tomato or pumpkins, the Matooke is both a fruit and a vegetable, it has a neutral taste, so no banana flavour in our pasta, do enjoy this new sustainable health food ingredient.
Carrot (Daucus carota - sativus)
- Good for eyesight, carrots contain a high amount of beta-carotene which the body can turn into vitamin A which is essential for good vision,
- Boost the immune system; carrots contain a wide variety of nutrients and antioxidants, along with vitamin C, that will boost your immune system. indulge in carrots and collect much of what your body needs to fight off germs and bacteria,
- Good for your skin, hair and teeth; carrots are rich in carotenoids and research suggests these compounds can improve skin appearance and also help people look relatively younger. Being a powerhouse of vitamins A and C (carotenoids), potassium, keratin and other antioxidants, these may contribute to hair health and strong teeth and overall body wellness.
There’s a wide variety of carrots - yellow, purple, orange, black carrots. It's a nutrient-dense root vegetable, rich in antioxidants, fibre, beta carotene, and other vitamins and minerals. Health food studies indicate that carrots may improve vision, promote skin health, and the antioxidants and phytochemical components in carrots may also regulate blood sugar.
Although the carrots have a sweet flavour they are low in glucose (Glycemic index 39) and are full of fibres which help maintain adequate blood sugar levels.
Spinach (Spinacia Oleracea)
- Vitamin A; spinach is high in carotenoids, which your body can turn into vitamin A. Also Vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant that promotes skin health and immune function,
- Iron; spinach is an excellent source of this essential mineral. Iron helps create hemoglobin, which brings oxygen to your body’s tissues,
- Calcium; this mineral is essential for bone health and a crucial signaling molecule for your nervous system, heart, and muscles,
- Folic acid, also known as folate or vitamin B9, this compound is vital for pregnant women and essential for normal cellular function and tissue growth,
Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is a low-calorie, nutrient dense and versatile leafy green vegetable. It has its origins from Persia, thus the ‘Persian green’ and was later introduced to India and China and later on to Sicily Italy. It belongs to the amaranth family and is related to beets and quinoa.
Spinach is a superfood with a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, It contains a large amount of vitamin A. Also known for its iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium and a rich source of protein and fibre.
Pumpkin (Cucurbitaceae Family)
- Pumpkin contains vitamins A (beta-carotene), E and C, all of which are important for maintaining healthy skin such as protection from sun damage, prevent skin dryness and skin protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays (UVA & UVB)
- Pumpkin is rich in vitamin C which is not naturally made by our bodies, so rather important to have enough in your daily diet as it's important in creating collagen which is an absolute vital compound (protein) found in all parts of our bodies - bones, muscles, skin, and tendons
- Eating pumpkin is good for the heart. The rich fiber, potassium and vitamin C in pumpkin all support heart health and beta carotene which gives the orange vibrant color is a powerful antioxidant and our bodies convert ingested beta carotene into vitamin A
Pumpkins are part of the squash family and come in all shapes and sizes and different colours from orange, green to beige. Inside the pumpkin are the seeds and flesh and all parts of the pumpkin are edible – the skin, pulp and seeds and the leaves. Pumpkins, like other squash, Pumpkin are technically a fruit, the same as tomatoes and matooke, it's a fru-vegetable (fruit used as vegetable).
The origin of pumpkins can be well traced to northeastern Mexico and southern United States. Like other squash, pumpkin is incredibly healthy, rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and more so, its low calorie content makes it a weight-loss-friendly food. Its nutrients and antioxidants will help boost your immune system and it’s very versatile and easy to add to your diet in both sweet and savoury dishes; go wild and enjoy.
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