A tradition that started following the Civil War in the South, revelers ring in the New Year with a meal meant to bring good luck and prosperity. Whether it brings financial wealth is debatable, but black-eyed peas and collard greens certainly bring a certain wealth of health.
The two foods are often eaten together on New Year's Day, seen as symbols of coins and cash.
Of the two, collard greens by far have the higher vitamin content. A one-cup (237-gram) serving of collard greens is loaded with vitamins -- 880 percent RDA vitamin K, 308 percent RDA vitamin A and 58 percent RDA vitamin C. Add to that 4 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and calcium [source: VegOnline].
And while collard greens are ridiculously good for you, don't let that overshadow the health benefits of black-eyed peas.
A half-cup (118-gram) serving of the peas provides 15 percent RDA of vitamin A and 10 percent RDA calcium, but the real health benefits come from its fiber content. One serving provides 15 percent of your daily recommended amount of fiber [source: USDA].
And that concludes our list of 10 tasty holiday foods that have vitamins. I hope it has inspired your taste buds and given you an idea of what good-for-you treats are available during the holidays.