To improve on your vegetable choices, first aim for variety in colours
Then, to keep levelling up, below are a few more criteria to consider on creating your own continuum for eating "better" vegetables.
What's your current decision-making criteria for choosing vegetables?
Vegetables can be assessed based on:
What's nutritionally better
What's personally better, for your lifestyle and deep health
What makes a vegetable nutritionally "better"?
Better vegetables are a variety of vibrant colours. More vibrant-coloured vegetables are a sign of their richness of nutrients. Getting a variety of colours is a simple way to ensure a variety of nutrients.
For example, one way to maximize colour and nutritional vibrancy is to choose vegetables that are grown locally, to reduce time spent in transportation when nutrients could be degrading.
Better vegetables have fewer (or zero) pre-added ingredients. They'll get to you with fewer things like salt, sugar, sweeteners or sauces. Those delicious details can be finishing touches, freshly added by yourself or a trusted chef, rather than pre-packaged together.
If a vegetable in the produce aisle or at farmers' market comes without packaging, that's a clear sign it's a single-ingredient food.
If they do have added ingredients, better vegetables have higher-quality ingredients.
For example, if there are pre-added ingredients on the ingredient label of a vegetable item, choose foods with ingredient names that you recognize and that are adding value for you.
Higher-quality ingredients could be healthier oils like olive oil or avocado oil instead of soybean oil or hydrogenated oils. Lower-quality ingredients are non-nutritional additives like preservatives, colours, and artificial sweeteners. You can find better alternative vegetable items that include fewer of those ingredients.
Better vegetables are fresh and closer to the source. They have less transportation and processing to change them from the form they were in when they were picked, to the form they're in when you eat them.
What makes your vegetables personally "better", for your lifestyle and deep health?
Below are some more criteria for assessing how any particular vegetable is right in relationship to you, your life, and all dimensions of deep health.