From Reena’s Kooky Kitchen
A series of kooky yet nutritious recipes I concoct daily to feed my taste buds AND my health! Hope you enjoy, and please share comments if you are brave enough to try these recipes!
Green Eggs and Joy
If you’ve read my article on the 7 Step Pyramid of Health then you know how critical nutrients are to our health. I typically plan my day by mentally checking off which power packed foods to include in my meals today.
Well, last week I stared at my spinach, broccoli and eggs and thought, there’s no way I am eating another boring sauteed vegetables with egg lunch. On a lark, I decided to blend in my Vitamix the broccoli and spinach with eggs and then cooked it like a scramble, and wow, it was deliciously different!
So, here’s the quick and easy recipe for you to try and share how you made it better.
- 1 tablespoon Ghee or Avocado oil
1 cup organic washed spinach
1 cup organic washed broccoli
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
- 1 small piece of grated ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut aminos ( I toss it into everything)
- Pinch of black pepper
A squeeze of lemon after its cooked for a little tang and vitamin C to enhance absorption
Pinch of cumin seed powder
- Cilantro as garnish
Blend well all the ingredients except cilantro and lemon in a blender until smooth or mostly smooth. Then add the ghee/oil to a warm pan and add the blended mixture. Gently mix as it cooks to get a soft scramble like texture. Remove to a plate and top with cilantro and a squeeze of lemon before enjoying!
Notes: if you prefer a heavier texture blend less and keep small pieces of broccoli intact. If you prefer smooth, almost like cottage cheese, texture then blend away all the pieces.
Another way is to bake it in a baking dish without any oil. It comes out like a green patty which you can enjoy as a burger patty!
- Eggs: Eggs are a very good source of inexpensive, high-quality protein. More than half the protein of an egg is found in the egg white along with vitamin B2andlower amounts of fat and cholesterol than the yolk. The whites are rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron, and copper.
- Ghee: It Has a High Smoke Point. It’s Packed with Fat-Soluble Vitamins. It’s Free of Lactose and Casein. It Contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid. It’s Loaded with Butyrate. It Has a Strong, Buttery Flavor. It Strengthens Your Bones. It Promotes Healthy Weight Loss.
- Avocado Oil: Rich in Oleic Acid, a Very Healthy Fat. Reduces Cholesterol and Improves Heart Health. High in Lutein, an Antioxidant That has Benefits for The Eyes. Enhances the Absorption of Important Nutrients. May Reduce Symptoms of Arthritis. May Help Prevent Gum Disease. Improves Skin and Enhances Wound Healing. Neutralizes Free Radicals. Is Very Easy to Use.
- Spinach: Iron plays a central role in the function of red blood cells which help in transporting oxygen around the body, in energy production and DNA synthesis. Spinach is also an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folate as well as being a good source of manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2.
- Broccoli: Broccoli is a great source of vitamins K and C, a good source offolate (folic acid) and also provides potassium, fiber. Vitamin C– builds collagen, which forms body tissue and bone, and helps cuts and wounds heal. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and protects the body from damaging free radicals.
- Himalayan or Celtic salt: Having enough stomach acid also helps our bodies to absorb vitamins and minerals like calcium, zinc, iron, folate, and B12. So consuming a high-quality sea salt regularly can help your body absorb more nutrients from the foods that you eat. The right amount of sea salt helps your body produce proper amounts of HCL since sea salt provides chloride, which is the building block of stomach acid.
- Turmeric: These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. However, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high.
- Ginger: Possible health benefits include relieving nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness, and pain. The root or underground stem (rhizome) of the ginger plant can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form, or as juice. Ginger is part of the Zingiberaceae family, alongside cardamom and turmeric.
- Coconut Aminos: Aside from being soy free and gluten free, coconut aminos is low GI and packed with minerals, vitamin C, and B vitamins. As the name suggests, it is high in amino acid, containing 17 different types. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are essential to our health and nutrition
- Black Pepper: Include fighting depression, promoting digestion, helping with nutrient absorption, treating ulcers, supporting weight loss, treating cough and sore throat, promoting a healthy heart and soothing toothaches.
- Lemon: It promotes hydration. According to the Food and Nutrition Board, the dietary reference intake for water is 91 to 125 ounces. It’s a good source of vitamin C. It improves your skin quality. It supports weight loss. It aids digestion. It freshens breath. It helps prevent kidney stones.
- Cumin Powder: Promotes Digestion. Is a Rich Source of Iron. Contains Beneficial Plant Compounds. May Help With Diabetes. May Improve Blood Cholesterol. May Promote Weight Loss and Fat Reduction. May Prevent Food-Borne Illnesses. May Help With Drug Dependence. May Fight Inflammation.
- Cilantro: Rids the Body of Heavy Metals. Protects Against oxidative stress. Lowers Anxiety and Improves Sleep. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels. Protects against Cardiovascular Disease. Prevents Urinary Tract Infections. Settles Digestive Upset. Protects Against Food Poisoning.
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