There is an article from the New York Times, entitled 'The 11 Best Foods You Aren't Eating' that has been making the rounds recently. You can read the original article here as to why these foods are so incredibly good for you. I didn't think they offered very many interesting ways to eat said foods however. Here are some of my favorite ways: (My words are in italics.)
- Beets: Think of beets as red spinach….
One way we love to eat beets is pickled. It's amazingly easy to do, and you can start with cooked beets to save a step. Here's the recipe...
- Cabbage: Loaded with nutrients like sulforaphane, a chemical said to boost cancer-fighting enzymes.
Warm Savoy Cabbage, Leek and Black Olive Salad makes a great winter first course. Recipe here. You can also add it to stir-fries or simply braise it in white wine and serve as a vegetable.
- Swiss chard: A leafy green vegetable packed with carotenoids that protect aging eyes.
Swiss Chard, Chicken and Mushroom Quiche – with a Rice crust…. Recipe Make it for dinner and finish it off for breakfast, cold.
- Cinnamon: May help control blood sugar and cholesterol.
Cinnamon is easy, it can be sprinkled on almost anything; but my favorite is to stir it into an Apple, Walnut and Vanilla Yogurt Salad – perfect in the fall when apples are in season.
- Pomegranate juice: Appears to lower blood pressure and loaded with antioxidants.
Their recommendation – drink it….
- Dried plums: Okay, so they are really prunes, but they are packed with antioxidants.
Perfect for a snack – just eat….
- Pumpkin seeds: The most nutritious part of the
pumpkin and packed with magnesium….
I'm cheating on this one and the next one – I can get a Wasa bread with Pumpkin seeds – which I have with a tin of Sardines in Tomato sauce for lunch. Mon mari leaves the room, but I love it.
- Sardines: Dr. Bowden calls them “health food in a
can.” see above
- Turmeric: The “superstar of spices,” it may have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
Common ingredient in many stir-fries and curries.
- Frozen blueberries: Even though freezing can
degrade some of the nutrients in fruits…
If I could get them – same as the apples, vanilla yogurt and cinnamon….
- Canned pumpkin: A low-calorie vegetable that is high in fiber and immune-stimulating vitamin A..
Everybody does Pumpkin Soup – How about a Pumpkin Gratin? Recipe can use either canned or fresh
I do wonder, sometimes, how we are supposed to eat all of the things that are good for us in the quantities recommended and not end up tipping the scales….