Vegetable

What Foods Are in the Vegetable Group (MyPyramid)?

veggies_landing_tomatoes1Any vegetable or 100% vegetable juice counts as a member of the Vegetable Group. Vegetables may be raw or cooked; fresh, frozen, canned, or dried/dehydrated; and may be whole, cut-up, or mashed.

Based on their nutrient content, vegetables are organized into 5 subgroups: dark green vegetables, starchy vegetables, red and orange vegetables, beans and peas, and other vegetables.

Key Consumer Message: Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.

Commonly eaten vegetables in each subgroup        

  • Dark Green Vegetables

    • bok choy
    • broccoli
    • collard greens
    • dark green leafy lettuce
    • kale
    • mesclun
    • mustard greens
    • romaine lettuce
    • spinach
    • turnip greens
    • watercress
  • Starchy vegetables

    • cassava
    • corn
    • fresh cowpeas, field peas, or black-eyed peas (not dry)
    • green bananas
    • green peas
    • green lima beans
    • plantains
    • potatoes
    • taro
    • water chestnuts
  • Red & orange vegetables

    • acorn squash
    • butternut squash
    • carrots
    • hubbard squash
    • pumpkin
    • red peppers
    • sweet potatoes
    • tomatoes
    • tomato juice   
    • Beans and peas

      • black beans
      • black-eyed peas (mature, dry)
      • garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
      • kidney beans
      • lentils
      • navy beans
      • pinto beans
      • soy beans
      • split peas
      • white beans
    • Other vegetables

      • artichokes
      • asparagus
      • avocado
      • bean sprouts
      • beets
      • Brussels sprouts
      • cabbage
      • cauliflower
      • celery
      • cucumbers
      • eggplant
      • green beans
      • green peppers
      • iceberg (head) lettuce
      • mushrooms
      • okra
      • onions
      • turnips
      • wax beans
      • zucchini

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