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Food of the Week: Garlic

13 Feb

Garlic has been around for thousands of years and has been known for its medicinal properties ever since. It contains antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic and antifungal agents.

The most important active ingredient is allicin which is activated when the garlic is chewed or crushed. Other components are manganese, magnesium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B and C, calcium, iron and folate.

Garlic is a good anticoagulant, it protects against atherosclerosis, decreases high cholesterol levels and is known to have anticancer properties as well.

Garlic is used for detoxifying, it is recommended to take 1 or 2 garlic cloves a day.

Greens with Garlic Sauce

  • 5 baby bok choy heads, halved lenghtwise
  • 1 bunch chard, chopped and center stems removed
  • 1 bunch spinach, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons tamari sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil or peanut oil

Mix water and tamari sauce together in a bowl.

In a large pot over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil with garlic cook until garlic turns golden. Add baby bok choy heads and chard. Add half of the water and tamari mix and cover. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add the spinach and the rest of the water and tamari. Cook for another 5 minutes, remove from heat and add sesame seed or peanut oil and black pepper. Enjoy!

Remember eat healthy, be happy!

Food of the Week: Persimmon

31 Jan

Persimmons are by far my favorite fruit. They are orange colored, very sweet and contain lots fiber. They are also rich in vitamin C, beta carotene, calcium, folate, iron, magnesium and potassium.

They are believed to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, improve lipid function and even combat hangovers!

I eat them by cutting them horizontally in half and scooping the flesh out with a spoon. You can also eat them with the skin, just make sure they are ripe.

Enjoy!