Cabbage is a leafy, ground-grown vegetable that is available year-round. It is part of the Brassica vegetable family, which includes kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. Different types of cabbage include red, green, savoy, Napa, and even bok choy!  You can find these, and more, at your local farmer’s market.* Cabbage is an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, fiber, and folate. It is also rich in immune-boosting compounds and helps to maintain digestive health.

At 15 calories per cup (raw), cabbage is a great low-calorie food that can be added to many dishes. It can also be steamed, baked/roasted, braised, sautéed, stir-fried, or even fermented!

When choosing cabbage at the market, make sure it is firm with shiny, colorful leaves. Keep cabbage heads fresh for up to two weeks by storing it in a plastic bag in the coldest part of your refrigerator, and only cut it when you are ready to use it. This helps to preserve the vitamin C!

Check out this easy to make cole slaw recipe from Soulful Recipes by Champions of Change:


High in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, this side dish is a refreshing, crunchy, low-calorie addition for any meal!

Makes 12 servings. ½ cup per serving. Prep time: 15 minutes


2 cups thin sliced red cabbage

2 cups thin sliced green cabbage

½ cup fine chopped yellow or red bell pepper

½ cup shredded carrots

½ cup chopped red onion

½ cup fat-free mayonnaise

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

¼ teaspoon celery seed (optional)

½ cup lowfat Cheddar cheese, cubed (optional)

  1. In large bowl, combine vegetables.
  2. In small bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, and celery seed to make the dressing.
  3. Pour dressing over the vegetables in large bowl. Toss until well coated.
  4. Add cheese and serve chilled.
Nutrition information per serving: Calories 30, Carbohydrate 4 g, Dietary Fiber 1 g, Protein 2 g, Total Fat 1 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 2 mg, Sodium 145 mg. From Harvest of the Month, Champions for Change. Adapted from: Soulful Recipes: Building Healthy Traditions, Network for a Healthy California, 2008.