This cruciferous leafy green is a cousin of it’s more popular family members such as broccoli, cabbage and brussels sprouts. What you may not know about watercress is that is it a powerhouse, nutrient dense vegetable.

One cup of watercress contains only 4 calories! While this food may lack calories, it compensates with an incredible nutrient punch. It is a good source of vitamin A, including beta carotene and carotanoids such as lutein and xeaxanthin which are important for our eye health, a source of antioxidants such as manganese and vitamin C, and an excellent source of vitamin K (which you should caution if you are taking blood thinners such as coumadin).

Some simples ways to include watercress into your diet would be to put a handful on your sandwich or mix some into your salad bowl, or even try it in a soup. Be creative and find new ways to sneak this amazing food into your diet.

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