Some like it raw and some like it hot and steamy

Some like it Raw and some like it Hot and Steamy!

Hey, hey, hey ..... Settle. We are talking about vegetables, here!

For a long time, I was under the impression that eating my vegetables RAW, would give me a healthy ROAR. But, some veggies prefer it hot and steamy, whilst others are better raw, to pack the mightier nutritional punch!

Carrots are very popular vegetables with natural chemicals, called carotenoids; this is what makes carrots orange, and brings great health benefits. Carrots can be eaten raw like Bugs Bunny, but the heat from cooking, makes carotenoids easier for your body to use effectively. We highly recommend steaming or lightly roasting fresh carrots, to get the absolute best and most out of them. By the way, have you tried Dutch carrots baked in the oven? A side dish that's so quick and easy, and truly delish! There's no time to ask, "What's up, Doc?"

Speaking of Doc.. Do you want to keep the Doc away? Garlic is potent and powerful, and and I'm not just talking about its aroma. Garlic is satisfyingly rich in antioxidants, that may help control high blood pressure, and possibly lower your chances of some cancers. Garlic is great to add to all sorts of stir-fries, soups and casseroles. Here's a surprise - you'll actually get even more nutrients and health benefits, if you eat garlic raw!

If you can't see yourself making that work, then here's a suggestion: add some raw garlic into the tomato sauce you are cooking for pasta, just before it is finished cooking. Now rightfully, you may be worried about your garlic breath after this, but there's  no need to fear! In one study, researchers reported that eating raw apple or raw lettuce, significantly decreased the odour of garlic on the breath. Spinach and mint are very helpful and healthy, also.

Now let's get back to that tomato sauce. For an inexpensive, classic and favourite meal, tossing some pasta into some rich boiling tomato sauce made from fresh, diced tomatoes, is not only popular, but easy-going and good for you. Tomatoes are packed with lycopene, a powerful antioxidant with many health benefits, including sun protection, improved heart health and a lower risk of certain types of cancer. I know that tomatoes are a fruit, but they really do sit well in this category of some liking it raw and some liking it hot.

Moving right along.... Sweet potatoes are such a 'sweet' source of orange goodness. They are rich in fibre, vitamins A and C, and calcium and magnesium for building strong, healthy bones. However, it can become less healthy, by how you choose to cook it, as it will determine the quantity of starch and sugar that is released. So, what is the healthiest  way to heat up these naturally sweet gems?

Wash them very well, keeping their skin on, and bake them in the oven. Avoid butter, but you can use a dash of olive oil, and some seasoning for a feast of sweet spuds.

Not many people like to eat their broccoli raw, as they may find it hard to chew and flavourless. A speedy steam is the optimum way of retaining the most nutrients, including glucosinate; known to nutritionists as a compound that may help prevent certain types of cancer.

Mushrooms may appear to be lightweights because they are low in calories, but really they are stars for providing antioxidants and fibre whether eaten raw, sliced up in a salad, or cooked. In fact, if they are heated in a pressure cooker or steaming them, increases the healthiness of these fungi, because it releases a greater amount of antioxidants from some varieties.

I couldn't fit any more vegetables in this blog. I guess you could say there wasn't mush..room. Sorry, could not help that one.

Head over to Jim's Home Fresh, for a huge variety and range of fresh fruits and vegetables, to choose from. Raw, or hot and steamy... It's your choice!


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